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May 11, 2018

A SNAPSHOT INTO YOUNG AUSTRALIAN'S RISKY DRINKING BEHAVIOURS

The Young Australians' Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS) is a National research project that provides insights into the risky drinking patterns of young people. The 2016-2017 surveys were conducted with 3,500 14 to 19 year olds in every jurisdiction of Australia. Young people who were identified as drinking at risky levels were surveyed by taking a 'snapshot' of their most recent experience of risky drinking.

Results showed that half of the young people surveyed were consuming 11 or more standard drinks per session at least once a month and over three quarters said they had been injured as a result of their drinking in the past 12 months. The report demonstrates the significant levels of harm and vulnerability for this particular group of young people and the need for carefully targeted interventions.

The report also asked young people about the most common harm reduction strategies they used to help moderate their alcohol use or mitigate related harms.

You can cehck out the National Young Australians' Alcohol Reporting System report here.

You can download the results for Queensland are here.

 

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April 20, 2018

HOW MUCH ALCOHOL IS SAFE TO CONSUME?

The Lancet has just published a paper titled "Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: Combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies".  The study pooled data from three large scale data sources from 19 high income countries, and looked at the health implications of alcohol consumption across eight different levels of alcohol consumption.  The study found a relationship between the amount of alcohol consumed per week and life expectancy. People who drank between 10 and 20 standard drinks per week had reduced life expectancy by 6 months at age 40.  Those who consumed more than 35 standard drinks per week had 4-5 years of reduced life expectancy by age 40.


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April 13, 2018

ALCOHOL RELATED DEATHS AND HOSPITALISATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

The National Alcohol Indicators project bulletin recently published "Estimated attributable deaths and hospitalisations in Australia, 2004 - 2015".  Some of the findings from the bulletin include that an estaimted 5785 Australians aged 15 years and over, died from an alcohol-attributable disease and injury in 2015.  Cancer was the leading cause of these deaths, accounting for 36% of deaths, followed by injuries, cardiovascular disease and digestive diseases being the next leading causes, each comprising around 17% of the deaths.

Read more about "Estimated attributable deaths and hospitalisations in Australia, 2004 - 2015"

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April 13, 2018

LIVING WITH FASD

Radio National's Life Matters program recently featured an episode titled "Living with FASD". The radio program features an interview with Anne Russell, whose son has FASD. Anne describes how FASD impacts her son, and some of the challenges of getting appropriate diagnosis and support. The show also features Dr Doug Shelton, a paediatrician who specialises in FASD, who talks about some of the impacts of FASD, and the approaches to better recognising and managing FASD.

Listen to "Living with FASD" here.

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February 23, 2018

THERE ARE FOUR TYPES OF DRINKER: WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

The Conversation has recently published an article by Professor Emmanuel Kuntsche and Dr Sarah Callinan titled "There are four types of drinker - which one are you?". The article describes the motivational model of alcohol use, which describes our motivations to drink alcohol in terms of the effects that we expect to achieve.  The model proposes four categories of drinking motives: enhancement (to increase positive feelings), coping (to decrease negative feelings), social (to have fun with friends) or conformity (to fit in with other people). Understanding these motivations can assist us in understanding how to effectively address problem drinking.

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December 15, 2017

NATIONAL ALCOHOL STRATEGY: CONSULTATION OPEN NOW

The Department of Health is inviting stakeholders to provide feedback on the National alcohol strategy 2018-2026.  As a sub-strategy of the National drug strategy 2017-2026, the National alcohol strategy aims to ideintify national priority areas and opportunities for action, as well as promoting collaboration between the government and non-government sector.  The strategy is also attempting to reduce harmful alcohol consumption by 10%. The online submission process is now open and will close on 11 February 2018.

You can view the draft National alcohol strategy 2018-2026 here.

To lodge a submission, please email the nationaldrugstrategy@health.gov.au

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November 10, 2017

WEBINAR ON FASD IN THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM: WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 12PM

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition relating to permanent brain damage caused by fetal alcohol exposure.  The majority of young people who have FASD live with significant cognitive, behavioural and learning difficulties.  Being FASD informed is important for all workers who support young people. The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre is hosting a free webinar on FASD on Wednesday 29 November with guest presenter Dr Raewyn Mutch from the Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD department at Telethon Kids Institute.  The webinar will run for approximately one hour, and will discuss FASD with a focus on the prevalence of FASD in the youth justice system.

To read more about joining the webinar visit.

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October 6, 2017

FETAL ACLHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER (FASD) HUB WEBSITE LAUNCH

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Hub Australia is a website funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to provide a 'one stop shop' for evidence based information, tools and resources about FASD. The website has information on how alcohol use during pregnancy can affect the development of the fetus, tools and information for workers on how to diagnose FASD and importantly, resources for health professionals and families on how they can work together to give the best possible support to people living with FASD. A current understanding of FASD is key for any health professional working with young people and families.

Go to the FASD Hub

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August 18, 2017

CONSULTATIONS ON THE NATIONAL FASD STRATEGY 2018 - 2028

The Australian Government Department of Health is developing a "National FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Strategy 2018 - 2028" and services and individuals are able to make submissions in order to inform the strategy.  The objectives of the strategy are to:

  • Strengthen efforts and address the whole-of-life impacts on FASD
  • Address the whole-of-population issues
  • Support collaborative cross sectoral approaches required to prevent FASD in Australia
  • Provide information and support those living with and affected by the disorder

Submissions close 4th of September.

Find out more or provide a submission here.

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March 17, 2017

ACT ON ALCOHOL: 2017 ANNUAL SURVEY OPEN NOW

Act on Alcohol is a program run by Lives Lived Well, which supports Queensland communities to address alcohol related harms.  Every year, Act on Alcohol conducts a survey to better understand the alcohol related issues faced by different communities.  This helps to identify local issues and prioritise responses.  The annual survey takes about 5 - 10 minutes to complete, and is open until 5pm Friday 31st of March, 2017.

To complete the survey click here.

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