Topic archives: alcohol

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

Alcohol and pregnancy: mixed messages undermining abstinence advice.

August 18, 2015 1

The complexities for public health messaging around women drinking during pregnancy have been highlighted by new research undertaken at the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre. The study found that women are receiving, and actively interpreting, contradictory information about the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant from a number of sources. The qualitative […]

Forget Vegemite-based policy. Here are some sensible recommendations for reducing alcohol-related harms

Forget Vegemite-based policy. Here are some sensible recommendations for reducing alcohol-related harms

August 10, 2015

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion’s foray into Vegemite-based policy has won global headlines for a suggestion that the product should be restricted in some remote communities to stop moonshine production – even Time Australia inhaled.  But the weight of opinion – including from public health experts, police, and scientists – seems to suggest the recommendation should be, uhm, toast… […]

Don’t believe the hype, teens are drinking less than they used to

Don’t believe the hype, teens are drinking less than they used to

May 22, 2015

Michael Livingston and Amy Pennay write: Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic. The media regularly brings the worst outcomes of young people’s drinking to our attention and points to a problematic drinking culture supposedly unique to […]

A call to remove alcohol from the Official Drinks Cabinet of sports

A call to remove alcohol from the Official Drinks Cabinet of sports

March 23, 2015 1

Anyone for cricket? Or, given the avalanche of alcohol advertising hitting our World Cup screens, perhaps it’s more appropriate to ask, anyone want to get legless? According to Danica Keric, Julia Stafford & Mike Daube from the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth at Curtin University in Perth, it’s also appropriate to ask: […]

FactCheck: can you change a violent drinking culture by changing how people drink?

March 13, 2015 1

Peter Miller writes: “You can’t change a culture by simply changing drinking. It is, of course, justifiable to explore the effectiveness of small measures such as advertising restrictions, increases or decreases in price, relaxation or restriction of hours, but such things tinker at the margins of culture and it is doubtful that they will alter […]

Should scientists work with industry on alcohol policy?

January 15, 2015 2

Kypros Kypri writes: It’s undeniable that there’s an irreconcilable conflict of interest in the alcohol industry being involved in developing health policy. And by participating in meetings involving industry representatives, scientists risk giving credibility to a fundamentally flawed process that’s unlikely to produce sound policy. Let me explain why this is with examples of two […]

We need more than gimmicks to face up to alcohol and other drugs

November 12, 2014

Just because ‘there’s an app for that’, doesn’t mean anyone is going to use it.  Responding to the promotion of another simplistic app that purports to challenge young people about the impacts of their drinking, UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis considers what works in supporting people to change their behaviour and some of the challenges […]

The Health Wrap: Ebola and inequity; policy power and passion; our bodies as Temples of Doom?

August 8, 2014

                 By Kellie Bisset Ebola: a study in disadvantage More than 900 people have died in the West African Ebola epidemic from a total of just over 1700 suspected cases. Apart from awakening our latent fears of rampant infectious disease, what else does this outbreak tell us? Well, […]

A note to media outlets & journalists about your impact upon Indigenous health

May 11, 2014 1

Media organisations and journalists need to reconsider how they report on alcohol and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, says Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman and public health researcher. *** Is the media making us sick? Summer May Finlay writes: Risky drinking occurs at a similar rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people […]

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

March 10, 2014

  Melissa Davey Once you’re done with the Health Wrap, be sure to check out this Croakey round-up of health news to make you smile.   What about the children? Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing to properly protect children and adolescents, and in some cases is enabling their exposure to alcohol advertising, according to […]

The alcohol industry and public health: How the battle lines were drawn

March 6, 2014

Yesterday Crikey published an article by Bernard Keene in which he cites an anonymous senior public health figure as suggesting that public health experts are unwilling to work with the alcohol industry and therefore are “undermining campaigns to reduce drinking among at-risk groups”. Professor Mike Daube AO, Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University was quoted […]

Alcohol in NSW – After the party

February 14, 2014 5

The NSW government has recently responded to public concern about alcohol fuelled violence and introduced a range of measures aimed at reducing such behaviour.  In this article, Professor Mike Daube of Curtin University and Director, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, suggests that while this is a beginning there is much more to be done.   […]

The Health Wrap: The latest cancer statistics, alcohol law reforms and challenges to the obesity battle

February 7, 2014

By Melissa Davey Welcome back to the fortnightly Health Wrap, and the first for 2014.  We hope your start to the year has been a healthy one. There have been some hot health topics in the headlines for the past couple of weeks, and they have particularly focussed on alcohol and cancer. World Cancer Day […]

Defunding of alcohol body such a bolt from the blue that even Government MPs have been caught out

January 28, 2014 1

So far there are only five submissions to a Senate committee inquiring into the Abbott Government’s National Commission of Audit – with this Friday (January 31) being the deadline. The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) – the national peak body for the alcohol and other drugs sector for nearly 50 years – has […]

The Health Wrap: an evidence-based Christmas, wins in Indigenous health, and a HIV health scare in Sydney

December 13, 2013

We’re all familiar with the chocolate-filled advent calendars that crop up in shops this time of year, but perhaps a healthier choice might be the UK Cochrane Centre’s evidence-based advent calendar. The third day of Christmas, for example, features cranberries; ‘Evidence from 24 studies with almost 4500 people suggests that cranberry products don’t offer any […]

The Health Wrap: Booze battles, drug dilemmas, rethinking service delivery in Indigenous health

November 29, 2013

By Kellie Bisset   Battling the booze As the fallout from Schoolies week hit many families across the nation, the debate turned once again to alcohol use by young people and how we might best be able to prevent harm. Professor John Toumbourou from Deakin University argued the case for price increases and discussed the […]

Conference spotlights the political and policy challenges involved in tackling Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Conference spotlights the political and policy challenges involved in tackling Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

November 22, 2013

In her final report from this week’s Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane, Mardi Chapman examines some of the political and policy challenges ahead. She also profiles some creative responses to FASD from Indigenous communities, including the beautifully presented and engaging book, Children of the Grog. *** 30 years on: is the timing finally […]

To improve children’s lives, Australia must act on alcohol marketing, pricing and availability

To improve children’s lives, Australia must act on alcohol marketing, pricing and availability

November 21, 2013

A clear message from this week’s Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane is the need for population-based strategies to tackle alcohol availability, marketing and pricing. And perhaps the rest of Australia could learn from community-driven initiatives at Fitzroy Crossing, suggests journalist Mardi Chapman. Mardi Chapman reports: In the 20th century Australia’s economy was described […]

Petition launched to recognise Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a disability

Petition launched to recognise Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a disability

November 19, 2013

In the article below, journalist Mardi Chapman previews the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference, which began in Brisbane today. And in the second article, Scott Wilson, Director of the SA Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, reflects on the progress that hasn’t been made in Australia since he attended the 2nd International FASD conference in […]

Some timely tips for journalists and others reporting on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Some timely tips for journalists and others reporting on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

November 18, 2013 1

The Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane this week is likely to attract widespread media interest. Recognising that media coverage can have both helpful and harmful consequences, Associate Professor Jane Latimer from the George Institute for Global Health has some advice for journalists covering FASD. She was interviewed for the article below by […]