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Aussie drinkers poured into four labels

We've been called a nation of drinkers, but what kind of drinker are you?
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Citing a VicHealth and RMIT study on people's patterns of alcohol consumption.

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Aussies drink more alcohol despite claims to the contrary

Aussies drink more alcohol despite claims to the contrary | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The average amount of alcohol consumed by Australians increased between surveys undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2001 and 2012, by about 13 per cent.
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ABS data on alcohol taxation and imports challenges the findings of self-reported consumption surveys that have indicated an overally reduction in Aus alcohol consumption.

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Aussie women drinking more than ever

Aussie women drinking more than ever | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WE’VE become a nation of drunks with new research showing alcohol consumption in Australia is on the rise and women and young people are drinking more.
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More coverage on the ABS 'apparent consumption' data: http://sco.lt/7qg2NN. See today's related post on the potential impacts of drinking during early pregnancy: http://sco.lt/6IS1HV. 

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Vic alcohol limit should be zero: police

Vic alcohol limit should be zero: police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CALLS for the blood alcohol limit in Victoria to be reduced have gone a step further, with a senior policeman saying the limit should be zero.
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Medical cannabis trial to find right dose for end-of-life cancer population (NSW)

Medical cannabis trial to find right dose for end-of-life cancer population (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical professionals are left in a moral and ethical quandary when it feels like they aren't listening to terminally ill cancer patients who want to try cannabis to relieve symptoms.
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By Jennifer Martin on the trial to be conducted at the Calvary Mater Newcastle.

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Alcohol consumption on rise especially among teenagers

Australians are drinking more alcohol than they were 15 years ago with teenagers drinking significantly more, according to a new study.
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More coverage of the ABS' 'apparent consumption' data that indicates a 13% growth in overall alcohol consumption since 2001: http://sco.lt/7qg2NN. One finding that is consistent with previous self-report studies is the narrowing gender differences in drinking.

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'Safe rooms' for drug addicts a shot in the arm for city centre (Ireland)

'Safe rooms' for drug addicts a shot in the arm for city centre (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If I'm being perfectly honest, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin would not be my favourite politician.
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Interesting to see Melbourne getting a mention in this story. Unfortunately, its as an example of the typically uninformed arguments that get raised in opposition to evidence based harm reduction measures. Our position statement (and supporting evidence) on the establishment of a MSIC in Melbourne is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy. 

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Leading professor in drug and alcohol research Nicholas Lintzeris says there is no ice epidemic (NSW)

Leading professor in drug and alcohol research Nicholas Lintzeris says there is no ice epidemic (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PROFESSOR Nicholas Lintzeris wants to talk about ice. And it is not because the head of drug and alcohol services at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District thinks it’s the biggest issue facing Australia, rather it’s not even close.
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Good to see another example of coverage that challenges the usual 'epidemic' assumptions. We're loving Nick Lintzeris' 'Einstein' look ;)

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Scientists have found meditation reduces a person's desire to smoke (USA)

Scientists have found meditation reduces a person's desire to smoke (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SO it turns out you don’t have to want to quit smoking in order to help kick the habit, you just have to relax.
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Yep, that's meditation, not medication. We run mindfulness sessions in our programs and participants consistently report its effectiveness in dealing with cravings and reducing their use of tobacco (and other drugs).

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Zachary Albrecht's curator insight, August 1, 3:36 AM

This is one of the best method on how to stop cravings. Meditation and not medication.

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Drugs meeting finds ‘wide consensus’ on decriminalisation (Ireland)

Drugs meeting finds ‘wide consensus’ on decriminalisation (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says ‘consumption rooms’ for heroin users will be considered
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See today's related post for more evidence of positive drug policy shifts in Ireland: http://sco.lt/5nMkoj. 

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Australia Has Closed Its Most Controversial Ketamine Clinics

Aura Medical Corporation ran a chain of facilities where people could treat depression, bipolar disorder and PTSD with ketamine – but these clinics were recently shut down amid controversy.
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Editorial: Alcohol laws must have sensible limits (SA)

ALCOHOL is, undoubtedly, the cause of many health, family and community problems in Australia.
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The 'Tiser alludes to the 'nanny state' critique of alcohol policy interventions, but recognises the need for a range of interventions to prevent related violence.

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Zachary Albrecht's curator insight, July 31, 11:44 PM

The most common abused depressant in the United States

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Ice rage crisis hits cops (Vic)

Ice rage crisis hits cops (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT has never before been more dangerous to be a frontline police officer.
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It's a screaming headline for yesterday's Herald Sun editorial, but the content is reasonably restrained and succeeds in avoiding the usual 'epidemic' language and keeping the issue in perspective. Changes proceeds-of-crime legislation may help reduce some of the supply of methamphetamine, but will not address the reasons why people are choosing to use the drug in the first place. The states are starting to implement their own responses with increased funding for treatment and support services. We wait to see what action the Federal Government will take later this year when its national Ice action plan is released. The National Ice Taskforce report isn't yet available, but you can see the key areas it has raised with COAG attendees last week: http://sco.lt/7WH48f. 

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Ice scourge second only to cannabis as the destructive drug soars in popularity in the city (NSW)

Ice scourge second only to cannabis as the destructive drug soars in popularity in the city (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.
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Interesting to note this inclusion towards the end of the article: 'But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.' Our submission to the Senate Joint Committee here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy. 

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Conception drinking risks: study (Qld)

WOMEN who drink alcohol around the time of conception may put their babies at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and middle-age obesity, say researchers.
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More evidence on the potential impacts of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, particularly during the early stages.

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Alcohol prohibition 'promoting sly grog and teenage prostitutes' (WA)

Alcohol prohibition 'promoting sly grog and teenage prostitutes' (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liquor restrictions have created a flourishing black market and lured young girls into prostitution in the WA town of Halls Creek, residents say.
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More evidence on the ineffectiveness of supply control measures in minimising AOD related harms, when the underlying factors contributing to demand are not addressed.

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Cool kids more likely to face difficulty in older life, research finds (USA)

Cool kids more likely to face difficulty in older life, research finds (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FINALLY, some justice for those of us too dorky for the cool crowd.
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10-year US study finds higher risk of AOD dependence & criminal activity, reduced social functioning.

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Newtown bars to trial 3am lockout and shots ban (NSW)

Newtown bars to trial 3am lockout and shots ban (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Patrons will be locked out of Newtown bars from 3am on weekends after publicans agreed to trial a suite of self-imposed restrictions designed to ward off late-night revellers and improve safety in the precinct.
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Good to see venues taking active steps to reduce the incidence of alcohol related violence.

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Port Augusta 'ice' forum hears support for youth lacking (SA)

Port Augusta 'ice' forum hears support for youth lacking (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lack of support for underage users of 'ice' was the main concern raised at a forum about the drug in Port Augusta last night.
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Nicole Lee spoke at this forum too, but doesn't get a mention here. While 'just say no' may have received a standing ovation, preventing use and responding to the harms being experienced in communities like Port Augusta is much more complicated. It's understandable that families are looking for simple solutions, but it's important to remember that alcohol and other drug use doesn't occur in isolation, but as part of a range of complex and interrelated issues. Dealing with a complex issue requires a holistic and multi-layered approach. This has been recognised by the National Ice Taskforce: http://sco.lt/7WH48f. 

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Not enough rehab centres for ice addicts (Aus)

NO extra money is being spent on drug rehabilitation centres despite a national focus on stopping ice addiction in Australia.
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The Federal Govt's response to the National Ice Taskforce is due by the end of the year. In the meantime, some States are implementing their own responses. The Vic Govt has now funded new non-residential rehab services around the state (http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/613-regen-welcomes-expansion-of-vic-non-resi-drug-rehabilitation-services-26-06-15) and NSW announced new service funding earlier this week (http://sco.lt/55Nlrt)

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Linking benefits to treatment is unethical, and probably illegal (UK)

Linking benefits to treatment is unethical, and probably illegal (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Getting people with drug, alcohol or obesity problems back into work is important, but Cameron’s suggestion that doctors recommend sanctions for non-compliance goes too far
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See yesterday's post on this highly problematic proposal: http://sco.lt/8M3Mjx. 

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Care workers must respond to needs of the first generation to grow old with HIV (UK)

Care workers must respond to needs of the first generation to grow old with HIV (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Like the public, the sector still remains largely unaware of this condition and is unready for the unique challenges it presents
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There are some similar issues for the ageing cohort of people who use heroin. Residential, treatment and other health services are not necessarily prepared to cope with their particular needs.

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POLL: Should Ireland open supervised injection centres for drug use? (Ireland)

POLL: Should Ireland open supervised injection centres for drug use? (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A think tank meets today at the Mansion House in Dublin to discuss Ireland's drugs policy and new approaches the country can take to battling drug addiction in more modern, effective...
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Online poll finds overwhelming support for establishment of MSICs in Ireland.

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Plan to coerce addicts into treatment 'probably illegal' says Tory health chair (UK)

Plan to coerce addicts into treatment 'probably illegal' says Tory health chair (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sarah Woolaston, chair of the Health Select Committee said plans to deny benefits to people who refused treatment were "highly misguided"
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What’s wrong with ordering water?

What’s wrong with ordering water? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
OPINION: AS DRY July draws to a close and participants bid farewell to hangover free mornings they’re also saying goodbye to the only socially acceptable excuse for not drinking.
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Rachel Corbett's reflection on our drinking culture and reliance on alcohol in social settings.

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Doctors to crack down on prescription drug abuse with new guidelines (Aus)

Doctors to crack down on prescription drug abuse with new guidelines (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOCTORS have been ordered to crack down on the deadly abuse of prescription drugs by patients and their on-selling by pensioners.
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The RACGP benzo prescribing guidelines are here: http://sco.lt/5vklMn. 

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