Alcohol and heroin were linked by the NT Opposition in reference to the sale of the former earlier this year, so I can hardly be accused of being the only one making such a fresh metaphor for our times.
A look at the impacts of alcohol use in the Territory and some of the recent policy responses.
Doctors who provide ''fly-in, fly-out'' treatment in remote parts of NSW have been told health authorities will no longer pay for their flights - a cost-cutting move it is feared could decimate services.
This is one of the reasons we need a proper broadband network. Telehealth will be vital for people in rural and regional areas in the near future.
Excessive alcohol use is often cited as a factor during a divorce or break-up, but a new study suggests that booze itself might not be to blame but rather the disparate drinking patterns of the couple.
This finding doesn't really come as a suprise to anyone familiar with the impact of a family member's problematic AOD use on relationships.
Victorian health officials have issued an urgent warning on the use of synthetic drugs, after three men were hospitalised with severe reactions this week after using a product purchased in the south-east suburbs.
Department of Health warning about 'Marley' branded synthetics.
A gene that regulates alcohol consumption - and, when faulty, can cause excessive drinking - has been discovered by researchers.
Researchers have identified the mutated gene Gabrb1, which changes alcohol preference so strongly that mice carrying either of two single base-pair point mutations in this gene preferred drinking alcohol (10% ethanol v/v - about the strength of wine) over water.