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Is booze-free becoming the new black?

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Recent news reports over the last month or so has got GrogWatch thinking… Is booze-free about to become the next big thing in Australia as businesses realise there may be…

Alcohol has no postcode

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On the weekend News.com.au produced this article on binge drinking where the statistics have been broken down by Medicare Local districts.  Interestingly they found that the consumption of “11 or…

The devil in the alcohol detail

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Alcohol policy can be very confusing, especially in complex legislation and regulations such as liquor acts. And as with many things; the devil is very much in the detail. The…

Booze too large a burden on the healthcare system

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While state and federal politicians are trying to find ways to reduce the costs of Australia’s health budget –and are making themselves unpopular in the attempt — they continue to…

Dry July is followed by Alcohol August, Sloshed September, Overdo-it October

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As Dry July draws to an end, Fairfax Media Columnist Alan Stokes has generously allowed GrogWatch to publish his piece encouraging parents to look seriously at what kind of impression…

Less under 18s drinking alcohol but more to be done

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Young people are waiting longer before they try drinking alcohol, showing prevention efforts are working, but have a long way to go yet. Key findings from the National Drug Strategy…

Preventing community alcohol problems: advocating for changes to the law

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The record of community prevention around the world shows that it is possible to reduce the use of alcohol or drugs with concerted action. We talk about achieving ‘cultural change’…

Live music gigs – providing an alternative to underage drinking in Byron Bay

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Today GrogWatch publishes a first-hand account of an alcohol and other drug prevention program in action. Last week in our article Prevention: The key to changing our binge drinking culture we…

Prevention: The key to changing our binge drinking culture

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Today GrogWatch begins a series focussing on Community Prevention and Action.   Everyday when you leave your home, do you lock your doors? Why?  It’s because you know that if…

School formals – should parents supply booze?

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Today’s GrogWatch features a guest post from Paul Dillon, Director and Founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA). Pre- and post- school formal parties (often referred to…