FOR most Australians, dating and drinking go hand-in-hand. Pubs and clubs set the scene for hook-ups, and first dates tend to be at bars where we turn to a glass — or bottle — of wine to take the edge off our nerves.
A reminder of the role intoxication plays in decision making and risky behaviour.
They say you should not mix your drinks, but from 1 October there are even more reasons not to mix your drinking and driving. Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder said today that the expanded alcohol interlock program starting on 1 October will be tougher than ever on drink drivers and will make people think twice about having 'just one more'.
Melbourne men believe they contracted HIV through ice use with a ground-breaking study finding a "convincing significant association" between the drug and soaring rates of the infection.
Suggesting most infections occur through unprotected sex, not injecting. Highlighting the increased risk taking often associated with methamphetamines use and the need for an ongoing focus on harm reduction.
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has changed the dynamic of our public discourse by supporting the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use. Mr Abbott’s strong support drags the cannabis debate — often the subject of stigma, fear and suspicion — forever out of the margins and into mainstream consideration.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has called on the Community and Public Sector Union to progress enterprise bargaining negotiations for prison officers, before resolving a long-standing dispute on a needle exchange program inside Canberra's jail.
It's sad to see vital harm reduction inititiatives being used as a bargaining chip. Every day this trial is delayed means more BBV transmission in the ACM and an even longer wait before similar measures could be introduced in other Australian prisons.
There is growing evidence that white-collar city workers – the type that handle all our finances – are turning to drugs in record numbers.
We woudn't expect much sensitivity to the impact of stigmatising headlines from the finance pages, but this story does remind us of the significant levels of methamphetamine use in the finance industry (together with construction and sex work).
TBILISI, Sep 21 2014 (IPS) - Irina was 21 when she first started using drugs. More than 30 years later, having lost her husband, her home and her business to drugs, she is still battling her addiction. But, like almost all female drug addicts in this former Soviet state, she has faced a desperate struggle not only with her drug problem, but with accessing help in the face of institutionalised and systematic discrimination because of her gender.
A good example of the impact of stigma on reducing the accessibility of harm reduction and treatment services.
There is big change underway in Sydney's Golden Mile. All the way down the strip in Sydney's Kings Cross, shops that once housed liquor, fast food, sex and convenience have been plastered with For Lease signs.
On the impacts of Sydney's lockout laws (and gentrification).