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The sobering truth about the ‘silly season’

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There’s a reason why they call this time of year the ‘silly season’. While our calendars are jam-packed with work-parties and family celebrations, Australia’s emergency services personnel are in even higher demand. December is the busiest month for our paramedics, hospital staff and police when it comes to responding to incidents and assaults relating to alcohol intoxication. Data collected by Turning Point and VicHealth in 2012 found that rates of alcohol-related harms are at an all-time high in the summer…

Raising safer schoolies: Advice for parents

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Forty years ago the first ‘Schoolies’ celebrations began on the Gold Coast. What started as the brain-child of a Broadbeach pub owner has erupted in to a country-wide tradition, to…

DRINKWISE CAMPAIGN PLAYS AND MISSES

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There’s nothing better than summer in Australia. The temperature is warmer, the sun sets later and the air even feels different. The start of summer also signifies the start of…

Mixing Alcohol with Pharmaceuticals

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Elderly Australians are being prescribed drugs that, when consumed with alcohol, represent a considerable risk of harm from multiple drug toxicity – including death. As we have written previously here…

OPTIMISTIC STILL, WITH A LONG WAY TO GO

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GrogWatch has reported in the past about the downward trend of alcohol consumption by young people. We have celebrated the great news that fewer underage young people are drinking alcohol….

The Pub with no beer – for just 3 hours!

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The recent decision by the Premier of NSW to reverse the ban on the greyhound industry has given hope to the people who think the current liquor licensing restrictions, colloquially…

We still have a long way to go

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There are 5 million Australians who put themselves and others at risk of injury and accidents, including drink driving, and the added risk of losing control and unleashing aggression and…

REVIEW OF SYDNEY’S ‘LOCKOUT LAWS’ COMPLETE

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Former High Court Justice Ian Callinan has completed his independent review of Sydney’s ‘lockout laws’. New South Wales amended the Liquor Law to impose an earlier closing time for licensed…

Money for nothin’ – I don’t think so.

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We all like giving money to organisations that we have some emotional connection to and we rely on the fact that it will be spent appropriately. Charitable organisations are now…

THE MESSAGE IS NOT IN THE BOTTLE

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Most people agree that the .05 campaigns coupled with legislation has been effective in reducing much drink driving and thus much road trauma.  It’s been estimated that 31% of all…