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Heavy drinkers upping their intake even more (Aus)

Heavy drinkers upping their intake even more (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Heavy drinking is increasing among the top 10 per cent of drinkers in Australia but the remaining 90 per cent of the population is drinking less, a study reveals.
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Youth suicide and obesity rates increase, drug use declines (Qld)

Youth suicide and obesity rates increase, drug use declines (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
YOUNG people today are more likely to complete school and avoid teenage pregnancy than ten years ago, but more susceptible to becoming overweight or homeless.
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Women drinkers catch men (Aus)

Women drinkers catch men (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Heavy drinkers are drinking more, light drinkers are drinking less and men and women are drinking about the same as each other, say Australian researchers.
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Qld Government extends 'Drink Safe' precincts (video)

Qld Government extends 'Drink Safe' precincts (video) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Queensland Government will extend the Drink Safe program, which is aimed at reducing alcohol-fuelled violence, even though experts warn it may not be working.
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Australia's biggest drinkers consume more than 2001

Australia's biggest drinkers consume more than 2001 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The latest research shows the level of consumption among Australia's heaviest drinkers is on the rise.
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Media fuels drug dangers (Aus)

Media fuels drug dangers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A LEADING drug and alcohol educator says the Australian media is in danger of contributing to an increased uptake of the cheap and potentially lethal LSD-like drug NBOMe.

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Paul Dillon on the role mainstream media play in shaping consumption patterns.

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Alcohol seized in booze-free community (WA)

Fitzroy Crossing police are targeting illegal home bottle shops after litres of alcohol were seized from a house in the Junjuwa community last week.
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Methadone kills more addicts than heroin (Aus)

“For the second year in a row, methadone has killed more Scottish drug addicts than heroin,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.

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It's disappointing to see that Family Voice Australia has ignored 30+ years' of established evidence on the effectiveness of methadone in coming up with this provocative rubbish.

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Push to relocate drug clinics (Vic)

FRANKSTON Council is pushing to relocate methadone clinics from the city’s CBD to Frankston Hospital.

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Paternal influence crucial to the success of children: report (WA)

Paternal influence crucial to the success of children: report (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Children with involved fathers have better social skills, more successful relationships, stronger self esteem, more self-control and higher grades than those who do not.
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NY music festival cancelled after 2 deaths

A NEW York City dance music festival featuring high-profile acts including Avicii, David Guetta and Diplo has been cancelled after the deaths of two attendees were apparently linked to drugs.
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It would be suprising if MDMA was actually responsible for these deaths.  Anyone have information on this?

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Drinking mums putting unborn at risk (Aus)

Drinking mums putting unborn at risk (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than one in three pregnant women is putting her baby's brain at risk by drinking alcohol and nearly one in 10 consumes five drinks in a sitting.
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Drug trial plea for addicts (Vic)

Drug trial plea for addicts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The head of Victoria's Drug Courthas called for a methamphetamine substitute trial to help addicts get off the drug and reduce violent crime in Melbourne and country areas.

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This piece includes reference to our investigation of methamphetamine withdrawal.  It's always good to see support for pharmacotherapies, but where's the evidence base for dexamphetamine?

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Caffeine concern over teens and energy drinks (Aus)

Caffeine concern over teens and energy drinks (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One in three teenagers may be consuming the equivalent of 10 instant coffees a day in energy drinks that can cause insomnia, anxiety and heart problems, a leading sleep expert says.
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Angela Victoria's curator insight, February 4, 8:42 PM

In one typical sitting, I personally will consume 1-3 energy drinks. I can confirm that this cause insomnia and I feel the effect in the morning hours on my heart when I wake up. Unfortunately, the negative effects of drinking energy drinks have not outweighed their benefits for me.

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Methamphetamine use to be investigated by parliamentary committee (Vic)

Methamphetamine use to be investigated by parliamentary committee (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Victorian parliamentary committee will investigate the supply and use of methamphetamines.
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You can register to be informed about the progress of this inquiry (or make a submission) by contacting: justin.elder@parlaiment.vic.gov.au

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Qld govt criticised for flawed plan to fight alcohol-fuelled violence (audio)

The Queensland Government is facing broad criticism for extending a scheme to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence. It's been described as a costly failure and badly run.
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Binge boozers drinking almost four-times the national average (Aus)

Binge boozers drinking almost four-times the national average (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA'S binge drinkers have graduated to super binge drinkers, consuming more than 3090 standard drinks a year.
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"Synthetic drugs" explained (Aus)

"Synthetic drugs" explained (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
They go by names like Benzo Fury, Kronic and White Revolver, and come as powders, pills or dried herbs. What exactly are "synthetic drugs" and why are they a cause for concern?
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Caffeine cropping up where it is least expected (Aus)

Caffeine cropping up where it is least expected (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Caffeine is creeping into our diets at an alarming rate, as the number of cafes and the sale of energy drinks has ballooned in a decade.
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Drug scourge: Methamphetamine use widespread in Adelaide nightclubs

Drug scourge: Methamphetamine use widespread in Adelaide nightclubs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ONE in four women nightclub patrons admits taking methamphetamines, according to a study that exposes the culture of drug use in Adelaide venues.
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It's good to see some advocacy for evidence based drugpolicy as opposed to 'zero-tolerance' approaches.

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This psychoactive drugs trip isn't working (Aus)

Recreational drug use has been with us forever, and so have the challenges that this use brings to medicine and society.
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Coalition unveils new package to tackle growing use of ice (Vic)

The Victorian Coalition Government is broadening the fight against the growing use of the methamphetamine 'ice' in the community with a new package of targeted initiatives announced today by Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge.

ReGenUC's insight:

In case you missed it last week. Here's some of what we've been up to in developing appropriate service responses for people seeking treatment for methamphetamine use: http://www.regen.org.au/regen-in-media/396-icetreatment

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Bunbury youth alcohol and drug program wins NAPCAN Award (WA)

A  youth drug and alcohol program offered by Mission Australia's Bunbury  office has been recognised by the National Association for Prevention of  Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) in its 2013 'Play Your Part Awards'  for outstanding prevention initiatives.

The  Family and Friends, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Community and Counselling,  Education and Empowerment (FACE) program has been operating since 2006,  supporting young people aged 10 – 15 who live with a parent or guardian  who misuses alcohol or drugs.

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Congrats to the FACE program.

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One in four drink while pregnant (Qld)

One in four drink while pregnant (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
RICHER, older, more educated Australians are more likely to drink during pregnancy than those younger and less well-off.
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Time to stop grog tweets (Aus)

ALCOHOL companies stand accused of using Twitter accounts to target a young and potentially underage audience.
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