A year ago, over a single week, every patient - nearly 10,000 people in all - presenting at eight hospital emergency departments was studied to see what part, if any, alcohol played in their being at hospital.
Alcohol-related violence grossly outnumbers ice-related violence in Emergency Departments. Dr Diana Egerton-Warburton - who has over three decades of experience - has recounted to Steve her experiences of the "flood" of drunken aggressive emergency patients. The State Government has called for public submissions - until December 23 - on legislation to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence. Steve spoke to Michael Thorn from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and CEO Gold Coast Cabs Gordana Blazevic.
St Vincent's Hospital Sydney - Alcohol dependence affects almost half of Sydney’s homeless adult population. This study looks at the feasibility of a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) in an Australian context, through a review of the literature, survey of potential MAP users, and estimates of the costs and savings involved in delivering a pilot MAP in Sydney.
A radical research proposal from health professionals offers hope to Sydney’s homeless people battling severe alcohol dependence. If embraced, the Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) would herald a policy shift that better meets their housing, social and welfare needs, and in turn, saves New South Wales almost half a million dollars per year.
Australians continue to break the law and supply alcohol to underage drinkers in the belief that there is little risk of detection or punishment. A new study examining the reasons why adults aren’t complying with secondary supply laws has recommended raising awareness of the penalties, together with greater enforcement measures, and effective public education campaigns that challenge social norms and the assumption that ‘everyone else does it’.
Australian Catholic University - The study sought to explore why Australian adults continue to provide alcohol to adolescents despite being aware that this behaviour is illegal. Given the substantial body of literature exploring reasons for compliance with traffic laws, we also sought to explore similarities and differences in perceptions of secondary supply, speeding, and drink driving offences.
Would you give alcohol to another person’s child? Nearly a third of people say it’s OK, if the kids are in a safe environment. A study from the FARE has found people tend to think supplying alcohol to teenagers is much less morally concerning than other illegal alcohol related behaviours such as drink driving.
Medical experts are concerned Canberra has higher levels of problem drinking than other parts of Australia.