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February 19, 2016

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT PASSES NEW ALCOHOL LAWS

The Queensland Government has passed new laws designed to reduce alcohol-related violence.  The new laws involve last drinks at 2am for venues across the state (commencing July 1st, 2016), except venues in designated "Safe Night Precincts", where last drinks will be at 3am, and a 1am lockout will be imposed (commencing 1st of February 2017).  The laws will be reviewed in July 2018.

Read the joint statement "Palaszczuk Government delivers on tackling alcohol-fuelled violence"

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February 12, 2016

QUEENSLAND PERSPECTIVES ON ALCOHOL

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) commissioned Galaxy Research to find out about Queenslanders opinions about alcohol related harms as well as policy responses.  They found 80% of respondents believed that Australia has a problem with excessive drinking, with 71% expecting these problems to get worse over time.  The survey found that 84% of people supported a 3am closing time for pubs and clubs, while 69% of people did not want alcohol sold in supermarkets.

Read more about Queensland Perspectives on Alcohol here

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January 28, 2016

ALCOHOL EDUCATION FOR AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University has recently undertaken a major systematic review of research on alcohol education programs in secondary schools. Many programs have been developed over the years but only a small number have been evaluated, and of these very few show evidence of effectiveness. Out of a total of 39 programs reviewed, only 3 were found to have good evidence of effectiveness.

Read more here

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December 4, 2015

ACT ON ALCOHOL: A NEW SERVICE FOR QUEENSLAND

Lives Lived Well has launched a new service and website designed to support Queensland communities in addressing alcohol-related harm.  The service offers advice and support to assist communities in understanding local needs and developing local level solutions.  The Act on Alcohol website contains a wide range of useful information and tools to support communities in taking action on alcohol.  It includes information on creating a community group, hosting community forums, planning community alcohol projects and more.

 

You can contact the Act on Alcohol team by phone on 3834 0277 or get more information from the Act on Alcohol website.

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November 27, 2015

SHOULD PARENTS INTRODUCE THEIR CHILDREN TO ALCOHOL?

Many parents believe that introducing their children to alcohol will assist in teaching them responsible drinking.  European drinking practices are often cited as an example of the ways that parents can introduce responsible drinking.  However, there has been a growing body of evidence in Australia suggesting that this isn't the case.  A recent paper has been published in the journal BMC Public Health by a group of Australian researchers.  The article titled "Does the social context of early alcohol use affect risky drinking in adolescents? Prospective cohort study" tracked 1943 young people from the age of 14 - 17, examining where and how frequently they consumed alcohol.  The authors found that consuming alcohol with the family did not protect against risky drinking, and they advised that parents should limit their children's opportunities to consume alcohol in unsupervised settings.

Go to "Does the social context of early alcohol use affect risky drinking in adolescents? Prospective cohort study"

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November 12, 2015

"HIDDEN HARM" FOUR CORNERS HIGHLIGHT ON FASD

The ABC Four Corners Program recently broadcast "Hidden Harm" highlighting the negative stigma, lack of support, and the difficulty accessing services that children born with FASD and their families face. The program showed, people born with FASD have the disability for life and the implications are far reaching.

Watch the program here.

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September 18, 2015

ALCOHOL ADVERTISING

Croakey, the health blog of the Crikey website, has branched out as an independent health journalism website. They have recently published an article titled "Alcohol advertising: the time has come for independent regulation".  The article provides a summary of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board annual report, which highlights a large number of complaints about alcohol advertising.  The worst alcohol advertisement of the year was an alcopop review written by a 12 year old girl, posted to a popular alcohol retailer's website.  The article includes links to a broad range of research into alcohol advertising impacts on young people and many examples of the failure of industry self-regulation.

Go to "Alcohol advertising: The time has come for independent regulation"

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September 11, 2015

SCHOOL-BASED ALCOHOL HARM REDUCTION PROGRAM REDUCES ALCOHOL USE

The UK-based "Findings" website has published an overview and commentary of a paper published in 2014 in the Journal of Adolescence, which evaluated the Australian "School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP)" as it was trialled in Northern Ireland.  Similar to the results seen in the Australian trial, the authors of the study found that SHAHRP had a  positive effect on knowledge and attitudes about alcohol, with reductions in alcohol consumption in those young people considered most at risk: those who had already consumed alcohol without adults present.  The effect was strongest and most persistent in classes that were delivered by the school's' usual teachers, rather than external educators.

Read more about this study at Drug and Alcohol Findings.

Find out more information about SHAHRP here.

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September 4, 2015

HOW MUCH ALCOHOL ADVERTISING ARE CHILDREN EXPOSED TO?

A research report has been published by PLoS ONE titled "Alcohol advertising in sport and non-sport TV in Australia, during children's viewing times".  The authors counted alcohol ads during various times of day across either sport or non-sport television programming, and looked at the television ratings data to estimate the size of the viewing audience across different age groups across an entire twelve month period.  The authors found approximately 26 000 alcohol ads on Australian commercial free to air television across 2012, an average of 71 per day.  The authors found that between 6am and 8.29pm there were high counts of alcohol advertisements, mostly placed in broadcasts of sporting events.

Go to  "Alcohol advertising in sport and non-sport TV in Australia, during children's viewing times".

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August 14, 2015

WHY DO DRUNK PEOPLE GET SO LOUD?

Ever wondered why a group of people consuming alcohol seem to get louder and louder as the night goes on?  It's because alcohol affects hearing: the more alcohol you consume, the less effective your hearing becomes, especially around 1000Hz range which is crucial for speech discrimination.  A great paper from 2007 tested the theory. Thirty healthy volunteers were given a pre-set amount of alcohol and their hearing was tested pre and post alcohol consumption.  The researchers found a positive association between increasing breath alcohol concentration and hearing impairments for most hearing frequencies, particularly those associated with hearing human speech.


Upile, T., Sipaul, F., Jerjes, W., Singh, S., Nouraei, S., El Maaytah, M., Andrews, P., Graham, J., Hopper, C., Wright, A. (2007) "The acute effects of alcohol on auditory thresholds" in Ear Nose Throat Disorders  Vol 7, No. 4

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