Stationing police outside bottle shops in Territory towns has an impact on alcohol consumption. The latest figures show consumption has dropped to the lowest level on record, but the statistics do not include the impact of the mandatory rehabilitation policy or punitive protection orders.
Good to see some indication of improvements, but APOs and mandatory rehab still have the potential to harm already vulnerable people.
Demonising the alcohol industry ignores evidence from previous successful public health campaigns, warns a senior public health figure.
Bernard Keane has a well-established position on what he deems as the 'nanny statist' approach by public health 'wowsers'. We disagree with much of his argument, but he does highlight the need for public health advocates to avoid being perceived as the new incarnation of the Temperance movement.
Here is his response to recent criticisms of the DrinkWise campaign.
PREMIER Barry O’Farrell’s mandatory sentencing laws are on the verge of collapse, with Labor to amend the laws in the upper house to have a mandatory sentence for one offence only — a new offence called “gross violence”.
The bulk of knowledge about alcohol consumption and problems comes from high-income countries. The International Alcohol Control study was established to collect and compare data from both high- and middle/low-income countries. New results focused on New Zealand show that heavy-drinking in this country tends to be influenced by drinkers that buy cheaper, off-premise alcohol, and purchase it at later times.
Young binge drinkers may get most of the newspaper headlines, but alcohol consumption in middle-aged men and women is an increasing concern. In the UK over the past couple of decades, alcohol-related death…
Highlighting the need for public health campaigns that recognise the reasons why people use AOD, not just rely on scare tactics.
Judges would be able to ignore minimum mandatory sentences in special cases under amendments Labor is proposing to make to the O'Farrell government's controversial sentencing laws that aim to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.
In December, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legislate for the production, sale and state regulation of marijuana. Many hope that when the law takes full effect next year, fewer people will use a cheap, highly addictive cocaine derivative called "pasta base". Others fear the opposite.
Will Uruguay's cannabis laws have an impact on harms associated with the use of this drug? Time (and research) will tell.
The binge drinking and drug taking culture among high school students is having a detrimental impact on schools, a survey of principals found, with teachers spending significant amounts of classroom time dealing with the fallout of weekend parties.
Earlier pub closing times have a large impact on curbing alcohol-fuelled violence, according to research my colleagues and I have published today in the international peer-reviewed journal Drug & Alcohol…
Kyp Kypri on his ongoing work on alcohol related violence.