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17 July 2015
END OF FREEZE SEES VENUES JOSTLE FOR EXTENDED TRADING HOURS
Concerns are being raised over the number of licensed venues in Queensland successfully seeking to extend their late-night trading hours, following the lifting of the moratorium in September 2014.
Public health experts claim the end of the liquor licensing freeze has opened the flood gates to extended trading, with 107 applications already received to trade past midnight.
The moratorium on late-night trading applications by licensed venues, first introduced in September 2009 by the Queensland Government, was lifted on 1 September 2014 allowing pubs and clubs across the state to once again apply for extended trading between the hours of 12am and 5am.
Data released by the Queensland Office of Liquor Gaming Regulation, and analysed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), reveals that of the applications already received at least 40 have been approved, with the remaining 67 still awaiting approval as at 28 February 2015.
The majority of applications to extend trading hours came from commercial hotels (73). On average, venues requested more than 12 extra trading hours per week, with the majority (68) seeking to trade to 3am in the morning.
In the short time since the Queensland liquor licensing freeze has been lifted licensed venues in the state have already requested a total of 67,184 additional trading hours each year.
FARE Chief Executive Michael Thorn says the analysis highlights how wrong it was for the Newman Government to lift the moratorium last September.
“The previous government would have known there would be an immediate influx of applications for extended trading, which were likely to be approved, and yet was deaf to warnings that lifting the moratorium was likely to increase alcohol-related harm,” Mr Thorn said.
Mr Thorn says all state and territory governments must accept that increasing the availability of alcohol, especially after midnight in entertainment precincts, will increase the risk of harm and act accordingly.
“The lifting of the moratorium in Queensland serves as a lesson to the other states and territories; a reminder of the dangers of ending late-night trading moratoriums or taking measures that effectively weaken them, without first ensuring you have an effective regulatory framework in place. A policy response that sees the pendulum simply swing hard in the opposite direction is not the answer. In this instance, the Queensland Office of Liquor Gaming Regulation has been deluged with applications, and of greatest concern, no applications have been rejected and well over a third of those received have already been approved in the first six months,” Mr Thorn said.
The highest proportion of venues applying to extend their hours were located in two of Queensland’s ‘Safe Night Out’ precincts: Brisbane (35 per cent) and the Gold Coast (15 per cent).
The lifting of the moratorium in September was strongly opposed by the public health sector.
Mr Thorn says that while it is too early to assess the long-term impact of this move, the evidence is very clear that an increase in late-night trading is associated with an increase in alcohol harms.
“It’s very simple. Extend the trading hours of licensed venues, increase the availability of alcohol and Queensland will unfortunately experience a rise in alcohol harms. There is no question. For that reason, I call on the Queensland Government to reintroduce the moratorium on late-night trading ahead of the planned introduction of the 3am last drinks and 1am lockout measures outlined in its Election policy,” Mr Thorn said.
Mr Thorn will deliver an address to surgeons, doctors and health professionals about alcohol research and the importance of translating those findings into effective public policy, at a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons event in Queensland on Sunday 19 July.
Mr Michael Thorn (@MichaelTThorn) is available for interview.
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15 July 2015
YOUNG AUSSIE BINGE DRINKING IN DECLINE
A new study examining Australian drinking patterns has identified a decline in underage binge drinking and an increase in the age at which many young people first drink alcohol.
It found the number of Australians aged between 14 and 17 who are binge drinking has decreased by half over the last 13 years, while the number of abstainers has more than doubled.
Funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and undertaken by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) the study, Understanding recent trends in Australian alcohol consumption, draws insights from five waves of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Drug Strategy Household Survey (2001 to 2013) involving more than 120,000 respondents.
9 July 2015
THE GOON SHOW: TAXPAYERS PICK UP $1.4 BILLION DOLLAR WINE TAB
A new report has exposed Australia’s wine tax system as corporate welfare, with Australians paying a billion dollars a year to subsidise the wine industry.
Unlike beer and spirits, which are taxed based on their alcohol content, wine is taxed on its wholesale value. As a result, cheap wine attracts far less tax than beer or spirits.
Per litre of alcohol cheap wine attracts only $3 in tax. Bottled beer pays over ten times more ($35), premium wines pay $55, while spirits attract an alcohol excise of $80 per litre of alcohol.
23 June 2015
ALCOHOL HARM PREVENTION ICED AS FOLEY ABANDONS WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Victorian Government looks set to cut off funding for Australia’s world-leading alcohol policy research centre, threatening the future of the centre and raising concerns that the Andrews Government is no longer committed to preventing alcohol harms.
Alcohol continues to cause more harm throughout Australia than all illicit drugs combined, and in Victoria it is responsible for over ten times as many deaths. While New South Wales and Queensland policymakers embrace proven measures to reduce alcohol harms, the Victorian Government is dismantling any commitment that it had to addressing alcohol policy and appears to be singularly focused on its drug of choice: ice.
Established in 2006 and based in Melbourne, the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) is a unique research facility. CAPR’s sole focus is on building the evidence base on alcohol and alcohol-related issues, and the centre’s work has been recognised globally and endorsed by the World Health Organization.
17 June 2015
GOVERNMENTS URGED TO ACT ON ALCOHOL-RELATED FAMILY VIOLENCE
Commonwealth, state and territory governments must accept that alcohol is implicated in too much of Australia’s family violence and urgently implement measures that would prevent and reduce this violence.
Launching a new national plan to prevent alcohol-related family violence Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year and Founder of the Luke Batty Foundation, will today tell the Prime Minister that Australia cannot afford to wait decades for generational change and instead must act now.
Alcohol is involved in up to 65 per cent of family violence incidents reported to police and up to 47 per cent of child abuse cases in Australia. Alcohol was also consumed by the perpetrator in more than a third of intimate partner homicides. Yet to date, government plans have either not adequately acknowledged alcohol’s involvement in family violence, or have failed to embrace strategies to address the issue.
The National framework for action to prevent alcohol-related family violence, developed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and launched at Parliament House in Canberra today, aims to remedy that; proposing policies and programs that all Australian governments can implement which will have a tangible impact on reducing and preventing family violence.
27 May 2015
LIQUOR CHAINS DOMINATE MARKET IN SALES AND HARMS
Your local liquor chain is capturing more than just the market for alcohol.
A new study exploring the established link between off-premise alcohol outlets and the rate of assaults and injuries in Australia has found that large bottleshops and liquor chains contribute most substantially to trauma risk.
In addition to looking at location density, this study is one of the first to examine liquor outlet characteristics in detail; with researchers assessing the price and volume of alcohol for sale and whether the store is independent or part of a chain.
Commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) the study, Disaggregating relationships between off-premise alcohol outlets and trauma, was led by Monash University and assessed 295 randomly selected takeaway liquor outlets in Melbourne.
21 May 2015
CROSSING THE LINE ONLINE: ALCOHOL BRANDS CONTINUE TO BREACH ADVERTISING CODES
New research shows alcohol brands continue to regularly breach industry advertising codes on Facebook and has drawn further attention to the inadequacies of the current self-regulatory system.
The study found the Facebook pages of Australia’s most popular alcohol brands are filled with highly inappropriate content that glamorises and encourages excessive drinking and features crude and offensive language, and derogatory, vilifying and sexist remarks.
29 April 2015
AUSSIES SIGNAL THIRST FOR GOVERNMENT EFFORTS, BUT ALCOHOL INDUSTRY STILL ON THE NOSE
The nation’s most comprehensive annual alcohol poll has shed light on what we drink and think, highlighting that Australians want to get rid of our boozy hangover and are looking to governments to take action.
Three quarters (75%) of Australians think we have a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse, but for the first time this decade the annual poll has seen a significant shift in public perceptions – with an increasing number of Australians embracing recent government efforts to address alcohol harms and eager for the industry to be held more accountable.
Now in its sixth year, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) Annual alcohol poll 2015: Attitudes and behaviours provides valuable trend data and insights into community perspectives on alcohol.
Trend data shows a marked decline in the number of Australians who think our alcohol problems are unlikely to get better in the near future (71%, down from 76% in 2014).
The majority of Australians (73%) still think more needs to be done to reduce the harms from alcohol, but this has declined from 79% in 2014. Similarly, last year 64% of Australians thought governments weren’t doing enough to reduce alcohol harms. In the latest poll that figure has dropped to 55%.
FARE Chief Executive Michael Thorn says it is clear what is driving the shift in the nation’s attitudes to alcohol.
“The 2014 poll was undertaken at the height of community concern about alcohol-related violence in Sydney, when the devastating impact of alcohol featured prominently in the media. This year’s poll was reflective of a very different environment, following decisive action by the NSW Government to address alcohol harms. By introducing a range of measures including trading hour restrictions, NSW has led the way in restoring community confidence,” Mr Thorn said.
The poll found Australians are supportive of the alcohol policies implemented in New South Wales and, more recently, being proposed in Queensland. Four in every five Australians (81%) think that pubs, clubs and bars should close at 3am or earlier.
In addition to a strong government response, most Australians believe that clubs and pubs (60%) and alcohol companies (66%) need to be doing more to prevent harms.
Many suggest we go straight to the source of the problem to fund prevention and intervention services, with 70% of Australians believing the alcohol industry should pay for reducing alcohol harms.
20 April 2015
LINES BLURRED AS INDUSTRY MIXES SPORT AND ALCOHOL COCKTAIL
Alcohol companies are finding new and sophisticated ways to use the power of social media to pitch drinking as pivotal to the sporting experience, a new study shows.
Social media is now a key player in promoting alcohol – giving the industry the ability to reach millions of consumers and aggressively target young drinkers.
16 April 2015
IT’S A LOCK: OFFICIAL CRIME STATS PROVE PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES A SUCCESS
The Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) says official New South Wales data released today provides further, irrefutable evidence that the State’s nation-leading alcohol policy reforms are working to reduce harms and save lives.
FARE says the positive findings released by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) demonstrate that the adoption of evidence-based measures results in significant reductions in alcohol harms.
10 April 2015
HIGH PRICE TO PAY: FREE TV CODE WILL EXPOSE CHILDREN TO MORE ALCOHOL ADVERTISING
Proposed changes to Free TV Australia’s advertising code will leave children even more exposed to harmful alcohol advertising.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has slammed the commercial TV industry’s plan to increase the times when alcohol advertising can be shown, saying the proposed code changes fly in the face of community concerns and further highlight what is a fundamentally broken self-regulatory system.
5 April 2015
FOUR BILLION REASONS TO FIX WINE TAX
A flaw in current alcohol taxation arrangements is costing Australians billions of dollars, at a time when the government is ripping hundreds of millions of dollars out of the alcohol and other drug sector.
To close the loophole, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is calling for long overdue, widely supported and simple tax change that would reduce the nation’s growing chronic disease burden and also deliver the Treasurer a four billion dollar windfall over the next four years.
FARE’s Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury includes a recommendation to replace the current Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) with a volumetric alcohol tax, a change that would generate $3.4 billion over four years and see wine taxed according to its alcohol content.
25 March 2015
TOP OF THE CLASS – NSW PARTIES PERFORM WELL ON ALCOHOL POLICY SCORECARD
There are promising signs that regardless of the outcome of the upcoming NSW Election, effective alcohol policy reform will remain a top priority for the NSW Government.
A new report has found strong support among all major parties for evidence-based measures to reduce alcohol harms, with NSW again distinguishing itself among its state and territory counterparts.
In a clear win for the State, both the Liberal National Coalition and the Labor Party fully supported maintaining the ban on political donations from the alcohol industry, and committed funding for a dedicated Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) clinic to be established at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.
19 March 2015
RBT SCORECARD – WA BLOWS, NSW PROGRAM MOST EFFECTIVE
A new study examining the relationship between Random Breath Testing (RBT) and alcohol-related traffic crashes (ARTC) has found that New South Wales has the best performing RBT program in the country.
Western Australia was ranked last by the study, which determined that the most effective annual rate of RBT for larger jurisdictions (geographical or population size) is at least one test for every licensed driver.
Australia has long been considered a world leader in effective RBT programs, however, RBT programs across Australian jurisdictions are not implemented uniformly.
16 March 2015
FASD CLINIC FUNDING: FARE AND NAAPA WELCOME STATE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Today’s announcement that the Baird Government will invest in the prevention of harm to children from alcohol has been welcomed by the country’s leading alcohol research and advocacy organisation and an alliance of 47 organisations working to promote evidence-based actions to prevent alcohol-related harms in NSW.
The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) says the Baird Government should be commended for committing funds to the establishment of the Centre for the Prevention of Harm to Children and Adolescents from Drugs and Alcohol, which will incorporate a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Clinic.
13 March 2015
BEYOND THE DRINKER: ALCOHOL HARMS UNRELENTING
A new study has revealed that almost two thirds of people identified as being harmed by the drinking of others in a 2008 survey, were still being harmed three years later.
And it’s not your age, gender or the number of times that you go out that is most likely to determine whether you are at risk of being harmed, but rather the number of heavy drinkers in your life.
The study, Beyond the drinker: Longitudinal patterns in alcohol’s harms to others, followed up Australian adults first surveyed in 2008 to see what level of harm they were experiencing as a result of other people’s drinking; whether this situation was remaining stable, improving or worsening; and what factors might predict patterns over time.
05 March 2015
ELECTION FORUM NO SHOW: LAST MINUTE SNUB SPARKS CONCERN ALCOHOL REFORMS NO LONGER A PRIORITY FOR BAIRD GOVERNMENT
The NSW Government has pulled out of a NSW Election Forum on alcohol policy just twenty-four hours before the event, sparking concerns that the NSW Government has lost its thirst for progressive lifesaving alcohol measures.
Invited to attend the election forum three months ago, the Government gave an assurance as recently as Monday that it would take part in the public event.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) says the Government’s late withdrawal is a sign the coalition may be divided on the issue of alcohol policy.
1 March 2015
NSW ELECTION POLL: MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR ALCOHOL MEASURES
Two thirds of New South Wales (NSW) residents support the measures introduced last summer to curb alcohol-fuelled violence and, just weeks out from the 2015 State Election, voters are now calling on party leaders to outline their plans to address alcohol harms.
It is the first such polling to be undertaken since 21 January 2014, when the O’Farrell Government announced the reforms in response to the tragic deaths of Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly.
24 February 2015
HIDDEN HARM: ALCOHOL’S DEVASTATING IMPACT ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A new Australian study has revealed the full extent of alcohol-related family and domestic violence in Australia. More than one million children are affected in some way by others drinking, 140,000 are substantially affected and more than 10,000 are in the child protection system because of a carers drinking.
The study will be officially launched at NSW Parliament House this morning by Rosie Batty, family violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year. She will join a panel of experts in the field of family and domestic violence to discuss the report’s implications for the development of policy in Australia.
29 January 2015
ALCOHOL POLICY SCORECARD: GLASS HALF FULL
A new report has found the Liberal National Party (LNP) has little appetite for evidence-based measures to reduce alcohol harms; with the Newman Government (LNP) indicating full support for only one in ten alcohol policy measures proposed by a group of leading public health experts.
The Queensland Greens, Labor and Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) all performed better, and the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol (QCAA) says it is encouraged by the alcohol policy scorecard findings, and the growing support for more effective policy measures.
23 January 2015
FLAWED FINDINGS: ALCOHOL INDUSTRY CALLED OUT OVER SELF-SERVING SPIN
The Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) has been loudly criticised for attempting to downplay the significance of alcohol harms in Australia, ahead of one of the industry’s most lucrative public holidays.
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) Chief Executive Michael Thorn says the ALSA report is deliberately misleading and self-serving.
“Alcohol kills 15 Australians a day and hospitalises a further 430. The Australian Liquor Stores Association can cherry pick numbers, omit data, and spin the findings to serve its purpose all day long, but what it can’t do is make those very real harms disappear and the packaged liquor industry has to accept its share of responsibility,” Mr Thorn said.
23 January 2015
QLD STATE ELECTION: ALCOHOL INDUSTRY DONATIONS FLOW TO LIBERAL NATIONAL PARTY
The alcohol industry has donated over $408,000 to Queensland political parties over the last three years, with 92 per cent of those funds being channelled to the Liberal National Party (LNP).
The Queensland hotel sector had the deepest pockets ($156,826) with the sector accounting for over 38 per cent of total alcohol industry donations.
The study, published by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), examined Queensland Electoral Commission (QEC) data of declared donations from the alcohol industry to major Queensland political parties between July 2011 and June 2014.
21 January 2015
QUEENSLANDERS CALL POLITICIANS TO ACCOUNT OVER ALCOHOL HARMS
Queensland has a problem with alcohol, and with less than two weeks until the 2015 QLD State Election, voters are calling on the major parties to outline their plans to address the State’s heavy alcohol toll.
New polling released today has shown a majority (74%) of Queenslanders believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol, with 64 per cent calling on Premier Campbell Newman and Queensland Labor Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, to outline their plans to address alcohol-related harms ahead of the Election.
3 December 2014
QLD MPS URGED TO BACK NEW PLAN ON ALCOHOL
Three Queenslanders die every day as a result of alcohol related harm. Another 100 are hospitalised every day. Not enough is being done to reduce this dreadful burden. A State coalition of health and community leaders has told members of parliament and aspiring political candidates that Queensland must do more to combat alcohol harms.
The Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol (QCAA) has urged all parties to commit to a comprehensive, evidence-based plan to prevent alcohol harms ahead of next year’s election.
Launched today at Parliament House, Brisbane, the QCAA 2015 Queensland Election Platform, includes measures to reduce alcohol violence, to protect children and families, support communities, reduce the burden on the Queensland health system and to develop a whole of government approach to reducing alcohol harms.
27 November 2014
ALCOHOL INDUSTRY SPENDS BIG TO BUY POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN VICTORIA
Victorian political parties have received more than $900,000 in political donations from the alcohol industry over the last three years, prompting concerns that the industry is exerting undue influence in order to prevent politicians from prioritising alcohol harm reduction measures.
Only days out from the Victorian State Election, neither the Liberal National Coalition or the Labor Party have committed to meaningful policy measures to address Victoria’s heavy alcohol toll, which includes three deaths, 18 assaults and 81 hospitalisations every day.
NOT ONE MORE: NSW MP’S URGED TO BACK NEW PLAN ON ALCOHOL
The State’s leading coalition of health professionals, emergency and law enforcement services, community members and researchers will today unveil a roadmap to reduce alcohol harms across New South Wales (NSW).
With the State again bracing for an increase in harms over the summer, and the NSW election only months away, the Government and Opposition are being urged to complete the job started at the beginning of the year to reduce alcohol harms.
18 November 2014
LOCAL COUNCILS CAUGHT NAPPING ON ALCOHOL CONTROL
Victorian local government alcohol plans are weak, vague and largely non-existent.
A new study has found the majority of local governments do not have a local planning policy for licensed premises, and due to the nature of the planning policies themselves, in the case of councils that do, those policies are highly subjective and carry no statutory weight.
In 2012, the Victorian Auditor General recommended that ‘The Department of Planning and Community Development should create a model local planning policy for licensed premises; and require councils to adopt a local planning policy for licensed premises where there is a particular need or concern.’
Two years on, an analysis of Victoria’s 79 local governments has found that only five; Bendigo, Yarra, Melbourne, Moonee Valley and Stonington, have an alcohol outlet planning policy.
14 November 2014
MAJOR PARTIES FLUNK ALCOHOL POLICY SCORECARD
The Liberal National Coalition and Labor Party have received a fail grade following an assessment of their commitment to alcohol policy measures in the lead up to the Victorian State Election, with the parties indicating full support for only one of ten proposed policy measures.
With the Coalition expressing strong anti-regulatory sentiment and the Labor Party closely guarding its unreleased Liquor and Gaming Policy, there are now genuine concerns that both major parties are prioritising the business interests of the liquor and gaming industries, with little regard for the potential social and health impacts of alcohol.
Earlier last month the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) wrote to the four major parties contesting the Victoria state election, and requested a response to ten alcohol policy questions.
Responses were received from all four parties, with only the Greens expressing any appetite for alcohol policy reform, supporting eight of the ten measures in full and partially supporting the remaining two.
In contrast, Labor indicated no commitment to seven of the ten measures while the Liberal National Coalition indicated no commitment to five of the ten measures.
11 November 2014
ONE IN TEN CHILDREN HARMED BY ADULTS DRINKING
A new study has found that at least one in ten children from across the globe have been physically hurt, verbally abused, exposed to domestic violence or left unsupervised because of another’s drinking.
An analysis of data from four international Alcohol’s Harm To Others (HTO) surveys conducted between 2008 and 2013 showed that families reported 14% of children in Vietnam, 13% of children in Thailand, 12% of children in Australia and 11% of children in Ireland have been affected by others drinking.
5 November 2014
ACT POWERLESS TO BAN RECKLESS VODKA PROMOTION
Experts say a reckless alcohol promotion at a Canberra City supermarket highlights the deficiencies with existing legislation and regulation, with the ACT Government currently powerless to act.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) says the promotion and sale of cheap vodka in such close proximity to licensed venues encourages pre-loading and the Government must act swiftly ahead of the summer to strengthen its powers to reduce alcohol harms in the Territory.
The prominent signage on the exterior of the supermarket features one bottle (750 ml) of vodka for $11.99 or two bottles (1500 ml) for $20.00, being sold in store at well below cost.
23 October 2014
ELECTION POLL: VICTORIAN VOTERS DEMAND ACTION ON ALCOHOL-FUELLED VIOLENCE
A majority of Victorians think the State Government should be doing more to address alcohol-related harms and want party leaders to outline their plans to address alcohol-related harms prior to the upcoming election.
Victorians are most concerned by the Government’s failure to address alcohol related violence, with 77 per cent saying the Napthine Government should be doing more to prevent alcohol–related street violence, 76 per cent stating the government should be doing more to reduce alcohol-related family and domestic violence and 73% believe the Government should be doing more to reduce risky alcohol consumption among underage drinkers.
The polling conducted by Galaxy Research, on behalf of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), also found that three in four Victorian voters (75%) would like the party leaders to outline their plan to address alcohol-related harms prior to next month’s State election.
17 October 2014
WHAT YOUNG VICTORIANS DRINK TO GET DRUNK – NEW STUDY PROMPTS RENEWED CALL FOR CRACKDOWN ON CHEAP BOOZE
With almost half of young Victorians drinking 11 or more standard drinks in a session once a month or more, a new study now reveals exactly what they are drinking and the reasons for their choices.
With respondents citing cost and the desire to obtain the greatest alcohol content for the cheapest price as motivating factors, the study has prompted renewed calls on the Victorian Government to reduce the availability of cheap alcohol in bottle shops and for restrictions on the sale of high-alcohol content drinks in on-licence venues.
The study by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) examined the alcohol preferences of young adults in Victoria and the alcohol beverages most associated with risky drinking and drinking to get drunk.
10 October 2014
ALCOHOL: VICTORIA’S MOST HARMFUL DRUG
New Victorian harms data has again highlighted that alcohol is Victoria’s most harmful drug.
The latest available data (2012/13) examines harms indicators including hospital admissions, ambulance attendances and emergency department presentations.
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education Chief Executive, Michael Thorn says the latest data has again confirmed that the harms from alcohol continue to be of a far greater magnitude than all other illicit drugs combined. Mr Thorn called on all political parties to demonstrate their commitment to meaningful measures to address the toll ahead of the up-coming Victorian election this November.
25 September 2014
FARE CALLS OUT DRINKWISE FOR BLATANT BEER ADVERTISEMENT
The alcohol industry- funded and controlled body DrinkWise has been criticised for producing a blatant beer commercial thinly disguised as a public health message.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) claims DrinkWise has given up all pretence of being a health promotion organisation with its latest campaign which launches ahead of this weekend’s AFL Grand Final.
11 September 2014
ESCALATING ALCOHOL HARMS HIGHLIGHTS VICTORIA’S TRUE EPIDEMIC
Newly released Victorian data has revealed the State’s alcohol harms remain extensive and are continuing to rise in the absence of effective Government intervention.
Alcohol harms are rising across the board, with alcohol responsible for three deaths, 18 assaults, 81 hospital admissions and 22 ambulance attendances every single day.
2 September 2014
ALCOHOL INQUIRY CAUTIONED NOT TO JUDGE WITHOUT PROPER EVALUATION
The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) has warned a NSW Parliamentary Committee against prematurely judging measures to reduce alcohol-related violence in NSW.
In its submission to the NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety’s Inquiry into measures to reduce alcohol and drug-related violence, NAAPA has also taken aim at the alcohol industry’s attempts to undermine the measures, and in particular its unsubstantiated claims that the earlier closing times within the Sydney CBD are having a disastrous impact on the night time economy.
28 August 2014
ABORIGINAL INQUIRY MUST EXAMINE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY ROLE
An Inquiry examining the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will be called upon to explore the culpability of the alcohol industry.
With alcohol harms continuing to devastate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, FARE has urged the Commonwealth Government Inquiry to examine the alcohol supply chain and investigate the industry role in supplying alcohol to communities where harms are most significant.
20 August 2014
CANBERRANS TO SWAP THE PUB FOR THE BUB
This September Canberrans are being urged to ‘swap the pub for your bub’ and take a break from alcohol to support a loved one who is pregnant. Pregnant Pause challenges participants to go alcohol free to support the pregnancy of their partner, family member, loved one or friend.
19 August 2014
NEW BOOK A BLUEPRINT TO FIX STATE’S BROKEN LIQUOR LICENSING SYSTEM
With more liquor licences than any other state or territory in Australia, a regulatory framework loudly condemned for its failure to prevent or reduce alcohol harms and a State election just two months away, the editors of a new publication launching today in Melbourne say the book provides the Government and the opposition with a blueprint to fix Victoria’s broken licensing system.
31 July 2014
ALCOHOL KILLS 15 AUSTRALIANS EVERY DAY: REPORT
Alcohol causes 15 deaths and hospitalises 430 Australians every day, a new VicHealth and Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) funded report reveals. The Alcohol’s burden of disease in Australia report, found 5,554 deaths and 157,132 hospitalisations were caused by alcohol in 2010, with the number of deaths increasing by 62 per cent since the study was last undertaken a decade ago.
24 July 2014
LYNHAM’S ELECTION A REJECTION OF NEWMAN’S WEAK ALCOHOL MEASURES
Public health experts meeting in Brisbane today believe Dr Anthony Lynham’s resounding victory in last weekend’s Stafford by-election represents a rejection of the Newman Government’s weak position on alcohol harms.
18 July 2014
FARE FUNDS STUDY ON ADELAIDE’S WEST END SMALL BARS
How the new small bars in Adelaide’s West End influence people’s perceptions of safety and amenity is the focus of a study funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
1 July 2014
ALCOHOL AND PREGNANCY – WOMEN WANT TO KNOW
97 per cent of Australian women want to be asked about alcohol use during pregnancy and now a new national public health initiative promises to deliver this information. Assistant Minister for Health Senator Fiona Nash will launch Women Want to Know in Sydney today.
27 June 2014
LABELLING DECISION SHOWS HEALTH MINISTERS PUT BOOZE BEFORE BABIES
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body has condemned Australia’s health ministers for kowtowing to the alcohol industry and putting booze before babies with its decision to not mandate pregnancy warnings on alcohol products.
18 June 2014
CHILDREN THE LOSERS IN BOOZE-DRENCHED ORIGIN CLASH
The State of Origin series is on the line tonight at ANZ Stadium, but experts say the only sure losers, ahead of the big game are the nation’s young rugby league fans.
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29 May 2014
NT MUST RESPOND TO DEVASTATING DISORDER
Experts say a lack of action to prevent the leading preventable cause of non-genetic disability in Australia threatens to destroy the lives of future generations in the Northern Territory.
7 May 2014
IT’S ILLEGAL, SO WHY DO PEOPLE DO IT? FARE FUNDS RESEARCH INTO SUPPLYING UNDERAGE DRINKERS
Despite it being illegal, adult friends, relatives or strangers supply nearly 60 per cent of alcohol consumed by underage drinkers.
4 May 2014
CALL FOR END TO ALCOHOL SHOPPER DOCKET PROMOTIONS AS WOOLWORTHS ACTIONS EXPOSED
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has renewed calls for alcohol promotions shopper dockets to be banned, following publication of documents exposing the influence and pressure Woolworths brought to bear on the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR).
1 May 2014
FACEBOOK AWASH WITH UNREGULATED ALCOHOL PROMOTION
New research has revealed for the first time the extent of alcohol brand activity on Facebook in Australia, and raised further concerns about the absence of regulation governing the promotion of alcohol.
10 April 2014
NEW NATIONAL RESOURCE FOR COMMUNITIES LAUNCHED TO HELP REDUCE ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM
Cringe the Binge has launched its new Community Action Pack ahead of the 2014 National Youth Week celebrations, to help communities across Australia address alcohol-related harms. The Pack can be downloaded at www.cringethebinge.com.au.
26 March 2014
AUSSIE ALCOHOL POLL: ALARMED HARMED AND THIRSTY FOR CHANGE
The 2014 Annual Alcohol Poll which examines what Australians drink and what they think about alcohol has once again highlighted the nation’s growing concerns about alcohol harms and their mixed feelings and complex relationship with alcohol.
6 March 2014
NEW OUTPATIENT DETOX PROGRAM TRIALLED IN ILLAWARRA
Australia’s first outpatient detox program for Aboriginal drinkers is being trialled in the Illawarra region.
6 March 2014
FARE FUNDS SCRUTINY OF ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT PLANS
Leading Indigenous academic Professor Marcia Langton will head a University of Melbourne research team seeking to prove the effectiveness of Alcohol Management Plans (AMP) in combating alcohol misuse in Aboriginal communities.
20 February 2014
FARE funding for national research projects
Why do friends and relatives buy grog for underage drinkers? Are small bars safer? These are some areas of nationally significant research that will soon be underway with funding from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
16 February 2014
Pilot alcohol project to empower NSW communities
A new project launched today will offer New South Wales residents much needed support to address alcohol-related harms in their local communities.
21 January 2014
NAAPA welcomes new measures
The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) has welcomed the measures announced today by Premier Barry O’Farrell to tackle alcohol-related violence in New South Wales.
10 January 2014
Alert to alcohol concerns, PM must now act
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s expression of concern about the levels of alcohol-related violence in NSW and throughout Australia, and called on both Mr Abbott and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to accept responsibility for the issue.
13 December 2013
Liquor Review: Foggo fee increase a start
The State’s leading alcohol policy authority says it is pleased that some of the evidenced-based measures it has long called for have been endorsed by the NSW Liquor Act Review.
01 December 2013
Risk-based licensing associated with decline in alcohol harms (ACT)
The first ever evaluation of risk-based licensing (RBL) in an Australian jurisdiction makes a strong case for the continuation and wider application of the licensing model.
Using Australian Federal Police Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Policing data, the study found that the introduction of risk based licensing in the ACT coincided with a 25 per cent reduction in alcohol-related offences in the two years since its introduction.
01 December 2013
Risk-based licensing associated with decline in alcohol harms (NSW)
The first ever evaluation of risk-based licensing (RBL) in an Australian jurisdiction makes a strong case for the continuation and wider application of the licensing model.
27 November 2013
Cultural Diversity sees non drinkers on the rise
New research to be released today will show the number of Australians who abstain from drinking alcohol has increased from 13.7 per cent to 17.1 per cent.
20 November 2013
The Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Conference has today called for urgent and immediate action to prevent FASD and to support people affected, and the new Government is being urged to honour and extend a $20 million funding commitment made by the previous Government.
19 November 2013
Alcohol’s impact on NT child protection system
Almost nine in 10 children (86%) on Protection Orders in the Northern Territory (NT) were exposed to harmful alcohol use by one or both parents.
A new study released on day one of the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Conference has found strong evidence that exposure to parental alcohol use is associated with increased risk of children entering care.
Auckland’s District and Youth Court Judge Tony FitzGerald will present the opening Keynote address at the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference being held in Brisbane on 19- 20 November 2013. His presentation, Current situation and developments with FASD in New Zealand; A District and Youth Court Judge’s Perspective will focus on the Judge’s own experiences of learning about FASD and its impact on the NZ Court system. The plenary presentation will be followed by a Workshop on FASD and Criminal Justice Issues.
17 November 2013
NAAPA welcomes Oppositions commitment to reduce alcohol harms in NSW
The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) has today welcomed the NSW Opposition’s plan to reduce alcohol harms in NSW.
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Chief Executive Mr Michael Thorn says the announcement by the NSW Opposition is a significant step forward to addressing the extensive harms that result from alcohol, and commended the Opposition’s understanding that prevention measures are the only effective way to reduce alcohol-related harms.
08 November 2013
Alcohol dependent pregnant women going untreated
Alcohol dependent pregnant women are poorly served by health services and too often do not receive help or treatment.
A new study released today ahead of the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Conference in Brisbane later this month, has shed new light on this hidden problem, and recommended improvements to existing screening and treatment services.
30 October 2013
WA scoops prestigious national health scholarship
Western Australia has dominated this year’s prestigious Ian Webster Scholarship, with two of the State’s brightest up and coming health professionals recognised for their long-term commitment to the Alcohol and other Drug (AoD) sector.
29 October 2013
One Direction concert partner keeping kids safe
You don’t need alcohol to have the best night of your life.
That’s the message for young concert goers attending One Direction’s Melbourne concerts this week.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is the official On-Screen Partner* of One Direction’s ‘Take Me Home’ Australian Tour and throughout the month of October, FARE’s video message will be played on the big screens at One Direction’s Australian concerts.
*FARE is the Official On-Screen Partner for the One Direction ‘Take Me Home’ Australian Tour: 5th, 6th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 29th & 30th October 2013
24 October 2013
Community demands action on alcohol
New South Wales (NSW) community groups and individuals are demanding a greater say in the liquor licensing decisions that impact their local communities.
17 October 2013
Puppets headline FASD film premiere
A new film headlined by colourful puppets is raising awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and building community pride in Tennant Creek.
16 October 2013
National conference funding strengthens AOD sector
Seven organisations and 21 individuals from across Australia are the recipients of a national conference funding program designed to strengthen the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector in Australia.
11 October 2013
Exposed – alcohol industry’s tobacco tactics
The alcohol industry is using measures straight out of big tobacco’s playbook in order to delay the introduction of mandatory warning labels, according to the international scientific journal, Addiction.
26 September 2013
Still no message on the bottle
Industry has little thirst for its own warning labels
The alcohol industry has failed to implement its own DrinkWise warning labels with an independent audit revealing that a full two years after launch, fewer than four in 10 (37%) alcohol products carry DrinkWise consumer information messages.
18 September 2013
NSW health alliance says liquor licensees must pay
NSW Licenced venues would be required to pay annual licence fees upwards of $25,000 under sweeping changes proposed by the State’s leading alcohol policy coalition.
The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) says the introduction of a fairer licensing regime would make the State’s 17,010 liquor licensees more accountable for the alcohol harms they cause and help reign in escalating alcohol harms.
4 September 2013
Australians want action on alcohol – but the politician won’t act
An independent survey conducted for the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY) and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) shows very high levels of concern about alcohol problems and that only 17% think governments are doing enough.
27 August 2013
Preventive health stalled at the lights
New analysis has highlighted the failure of the Government to properly implement preventive health measures to tackle alcohol harms.
15 August 2013
Half of all drinkers exceed national guidelines
New research has further dispelled the myth that alcohol misuse is confined to a minority of Australians finding that over half (51.6%) of all drinkers consume alcohol in excess of the country’s guidelines.
01 August 2013
New ACT alliance to tackle alcohol harms
A new coalition of health, community, and frontline organisations working to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was launched in Canberra today.
28 July 2013
Aussies vote yes to tackling alcohol harm
A new study measuring attitudes toward alcohol policy reforms has shown that a majority of Australians support a broad range of measures to reduce alcohol harms.
18 July 2013
Compromised alcohol guidelines a disgrace
The New South Wales Government Liquor Promotion Guidelines have been labelled a disgrace by Australia’s leading alcohol policy and research organisation.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) says the Government’s decision to push ahead with the guidelines in their current form only days after being exposed for allowing the alcohol industry undue influence in writing the guidelines is baffling.
18 July 2013
Queensland alcohol harms skyrocket
A new study examining alcohol-related harms in Queensland has identified an alarming increase in hospitalisations, hospital emergency department presentations and treatment episodes.
In 2012, alcohol was responsible for 91,783 hospital emergency department presentations, an increase of 31 per cent from five years before.
Alcohol related hospitalisations rose 57 per cent to 33,977 in the ten years ending 2011-12 while alcohol treatment episodes increased 45 per cent over six years.
16 July 2013
New alcohol research funding outside the box
A new and innovative approach to funding alcohol research projects in Australia aims to open up the field to new players and new sectors in an effort to unearth unique projects worthy of further exploration.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) today announced it will invest $300,000 in the 2013 Alcohol Research Grants Funding Round, which will see individual grants of up to $40,000 awarded to innovative research projects.
11 July 2013
Small grants, big issues
A comic book that highlights the dangers of alcohol misuse is being developed by Spirit Dreaming with assistance from young Aboriginal people in Lismore, New South Wales. This is one of ten projects being funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
Totalling $193,713 FARE’s 2013 Good Practice Grants awarded up to $20,000 to community organisations throughout Australia to strengthen their capacity to respond to alcohol-related harms.
The grants aim to foster innovation and encourage community organisations to develop new products or systems that can be used by alcohol and other drug agencies throughout Australia.
5 July 2013
NAAPA welcomes commencement of liquor ACT review
The NSW and ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) today welcomes the announcement of the NSW Statutory Review of the Liquor Act 2007.
NAAPA has been urging the Government to release the Terms of Reference for the Review and is pleased to see the Government has now commenced the consultation process.
5 July 2013
Ian Webster Scholarship attracts best and brightest from AOD sector
For the second year running the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) will award the Ian Webster Scholarship, which aims to build leadership and management opportunities for individuals in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector.
The successful recipient will receive $10,000 towards a program of study, independently-led research, or professional development opportunities.
4 July 2013
Andrew Fairley appointed Chairman of FARE
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has today announced the appointment of Andrew Fairley as Chairman.
The FARE Board is delighted to welcome Mr Fairley as Chairman. Mr Fairley, a commercial and equity lawyer with DLA Piper, brings to the role a wealth of experience in business, governance and philanthropy.
30 June 2013
Government fails to act on liquor act review
The NSW Government has been told that time is running out to conduct a comprehensive review of the NSW Liquor Act and that further delays to the five year statutory review process calls into question the Government’s commitment to reducing alcohol harms in NSW.
The NSW and ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) has today released its own Draft Terms of Reference and written to the NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell to call for the immediate commencement of a transparent and consultative process.
12 June 2013
Alcohol misuse costs SA $2.6 billion a year
Govt proposals would only increase alcohol harms
A government alcohol inquiry has been reminded of the State’s heavy alcohol toll and told that deaths, hospitalisations and the financial cost to the community would all rise as a direct result of Government plans to increase the availability of alcohol in the State.
4 June 2013
FASD harms remain hidden: Parliamentary inquiry ignored
The Federal Government has been accused of ignoring the devastating harms caused by fetal alcohol exposure by failing to respond to an all-party Inquiry report tabled in Parliament six months ago.
The report, FASD: The Hidden Harm, Inquiry into the prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, prescribed a strict timetable for action, but those deadlines have either passed or are unlikely to be met.
6 May 2013
Red tape review rejected, Government plan dangerous and ill-considered
The nation’s leading alcohol research and education body has registered strong opposition to legislation that would destroy measures currently in place to protect the people of Queensland from alcohol harms.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) says the bill should be rejected outright because the proposed changes take Queensland alcohol control backwards, muzzles the general public, and only serves to undermine public health and safety.
1 May 2013
Put alcohol tax reforms back on table to plug revenue hole
The Gillard Government has been urged to increase alcohol taxes in this year’s budget in order to reduce increasing alcohol-related harms and help offset the rising cost of health care.
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body, says simple alcohol tax reform measures would deliver $1.5 billion each year to a Government facing ‘urgent and grave‘ budget decisions, and can no longer be ignored.
18 April 2013
FARE Annual Alcohol Poll: Attitudes and Behaviours
Now in its fourth year, the nation-wide poll takes an in-depth look at Australians’ attitudes towards alcohol, their drinking behaviours, and their perspectives on key alcohol policies.
3 April 2013
Greater justice for people with FASD
A study of the Western Australian justice system has identified that up to 85 per cent of staff say responding to the needs of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an issue in their work.
The report by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research recommends greater awareness, better training and education and alternate sentencing options that consider the neurocognitive impairments associated with FASD.
28 March 2013
Out-dated WA Liquor Act failing to protect against harms
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body says Western Australia’s antiquated Liquor Control Act is failing to prevent alcohol-related harms.
14 March 2013
NSW Alcohol Summit – a wakeup call for government
The NSW and ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) says the New South Wales Government can no longer ignore rising alcohol harms and heightened community concerns and must immediately introduce effective alcohol policy reforms.
14 March 2013
Past lessons flagged ahead of alcohol summit
A report issued ahead of today’s NSW Alcohol Summit has highlighted the complete failure of the 2003 NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse, and contains important lessons for the current State Government struggling to stem rising levels of alcohol-fuelled violence.
12 March 2013
Zero BAC limit for drivers under 25
A proposal to introduce a zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for all drivers under 25 years is one of 28 recommendations to a Government Inquiry currently examining strategies to reduce alcohol abuse among young people in New South Wales (NSW).
11 March 2013
SA supermarket wine bill ill-conceived and dangerous
The South Australian Government’s proposal to sell wine in supermarkets has been labelled irresponsible and ill-conceived by Australia’s leading alcohol and research organisation.
15 February 2013
Time to move on Liquor Act review
The recently formed NSW & ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) has raised concerns over the NSW Government’s failure to commence a five‐year statutory review of the Liquor Act 2007.
14 February 2013
NSW Government washes hands of alcohol education – directs child neglect cases offshore
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body has accused the New South Wales Government of washing its hands of alcohol education by placing responsibility in the hands of the alcohol industry and the UK Government.
13 December 2012
Alcohol harms to hit NSW hard this summer
Alcohol-related harms will again hit New South Wales hard this summer with new statistics pointing to more than 300 alcohol-related deaths, and more than 12,000 hospitalisations attributable to alcohol over the next three months.
7 December 2012
Act now on warning labels
Australia and New Zealand Food and Health Ministers responsible for introducing government regulated alcohol pregnancy warning labels have been urged to take action ahead of its meeting in Brisbane today.
29 November 2012
FASD inquiry findings endorsed: now for swift action
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body has welcomed the report; FASD: The hidden harm, Inquiry into the prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders tabled in Parliament today and called on the Government to move quickly to adopt its recommendations.
22 November 2012
Rural communities combat alcohol harms
A multi-million dollar research project involving 20 towns throughout NSW has shown that coordinated community action does reduce excessive alcohol consumption and harms. Comprising 13 evidence-based, community-led interventions over a period of five years, and $2.4 million in funding from FARE, the ambitious project is the largest and most rigorous evaluation of a community action approach to reduce risky alcohol consumption and related harms, ever undertaken anywhere in the world.
20 November 2012
FASD carers carry heavy life-time burden
In an Australian first, researchers have reached out to families and carers affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to identify gaps in existing services. The research found that FASD carers are often stigmatised, find it hard to obtain a diagnosis and to access appropriate health services.
20 November 2012
High-tech solutions to screen drinkers
A low-cost, convenient and anonymous method of asking Australians about their alcohol use has been successfully developed and trialled in New South Wales. Developed by researchers from the University of Newcastle, the electronic screening and brief intervention (e-SBI) program has overcome many of the existing barriers to traditional brief interventions.
20 November 2012
Young Victorians hit hard by the drinking of others
Almost 85 per cent of young Victorians (aged 16-24) have experienced harms from another’s drinking. New research which examines the impact of perceptions on the reporting of harms, has also found young people are more likely to experience harms from people who are drunk rather than on drugs.
2 November 2012
Aussie seniors urged to consider personal alcohol consumption
New research exploring the links between the way older Australians socialise and consume alcohol has found that most drink five or more days per week, regardless of residential status or gender.
09 November 2012
Conference funding boosts AOD sector
Nine organisations and 11 individuals from across Australia are the successful recipients of a national conference funding program designed to strengthen the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector in Australia.
31 October 2012
NSW Alcohol inquiry : current law fails to protect youth
A leading national public health organisation has called on the New South Wales Government to strengthen secondary supply laws to better protect young people from alcohol harms.
30 October 2012
Counting the benefits of alcohol tax reform
Alcohol taxation reform will generate substantial net benefits for the whole Australian community with an overwhelming majority of adults being better off according to the first systematic benefit cost analysis of alcohol taxation reform.
17 October 2012
Wine glut ends – time for tax reform
The final barrier to the introduction of wine tax reform has been exposed as a fiction with an independent analysis of the country’s wine oversupply finding the wine glut is coming to an end.
13 October 2012
Collie launches the Alcohol Get Real project
The Shire of Collie will today unveil an initiative aimed at reducing the harmful level of alcohol use in the community and increase the local community’s awareness of the harmful effects of risky drinking.
12 October 2012
FASD support answers call with mobile friendly website
A Queensland based Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) support group has extended its support of families and carers of children with FASD, showcasing the latest information on parenting and teaching strategies, employment programs, and mental and physical health information on its new mobile friendly website.
12 October 2012
Manjimup alcohol management project gets real
The Shire of Manjimup will today launch their alcohol management project to promote the responsible consumption of alcohol throughout the shire.
20 September 2012
Local health professional awarded national scholarship
Orange resident, Michele Campbell has been awarded the prestigious Ian Webster Scholarship in recognition of her long term commitment to the Alcohol and other Drug (AoD) sector.
19 September 2012
Alcohol summit highlights industry failure
A national alcohol summit has shown how young people are regularly exposed to alcohol marketing and highlighted industry’s inability to self-regulate.
12 September 2012
Nation’s Experts Endorse FASD Action Plan
The country’s leading Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) experts have endorsed a proposed national plan to reduce the incidence of the most common preventable cause of developmental disability in Australia.
06 September 2012
New study : What do Aussies drink ?
A new study sheds light on what Australians drink, how much we consume and how often. While beer remains the drink of choice for men and bottled wine for women and older drinkers, home brew and cask wine drinkers are drinking more than most.
30 August 2012
NSW has thirst for alcohol reforms
Polling released today has shown that the New South Wales community is united in its desire for action to tackle alcohol-related problems.
29 August 2012
Cheap booze – most affordable in 30 years
A study of the Australian alcohol industry has shown that alcohol is more affordable today than it was in 1980, prompting calls for swift government action to address the availability of dirt cheap alcohol.
25 August 2012
Alcohol plan pitched to NSW Premier
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body has presentedNSW Premier Barry O’Farrell with a comprehensive 10 point plan to reduce alcohol related harms in NSW.
2 August 2012
Campaign to demand real warnings on alcohol products
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body has launched a campaign calling on the community to demand real warnings on alcohol products, following the publication of an independent audit which has shown the alcohol industry isn’t serious about labelling.
2 August 2012
No message on the bottle – industry fails to adopt own labels
An independent audit of the alcohol industry’s DrinkWise warning labels has found that a full year after the voluntary initiative was launched, fewer than one in six (16%) alcohol products carry the consumer information messages.
20 July 2012
Safer partying strategies for Marion teens
While the South Australian Government wrestles with the issue of underage drinking, the City of Marion has launched a program that aims to assist young people make safer decisions about alcohol use.
17 July 2012
Alcohol reform the key to addressing violence
Australia’s leading alcohol research and education body has repeated its calls for alcohol reform, on the eve of a community forum to discuss street violence in Sydney.
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has warned that calls for improved public transport and greater CCTV surveillance fail to address the issue that alcohol, and not the individuals consuming it, is at the heart of the problem.
10 July 2012
FASD campaign for Kimberley and Pilbara as Commonwealth enquiry arrives in WA
A new media campaign aims to tackle the high prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Kimberley and Pilbara region by harnessing a call to action from women, to women.
23 June 2012
Smart Government move takes alcohol sponsorship out of the game
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education has applauded today’s Commonwealth Government sponsorship announcement that will see a number of Australia’s major sporting codes cut their sponsorship ties with the alcohol industry.
Announced in Melbourne by Federal Sports Minister, Kate Lundy, the Government will provide a sponsorship package totalling $25 million over two years to 12 national sports organisations, including Football Federation Australia, Basketball Australia, Netball Australia and Swimming Australia.
22 June 2012
Salvos turn to tech to combat youth alcohol harms in the lower Hume
Video game consoles, smart phones and goggles incorporating special lens technology are just a few of the interactive tools being embraced by The Salvation Army (TSA) in a new project aimed at increasing the knowledge and awareness of alcohol and related harms among the youth of the Lower Hume region of Victoria.
The project; a collaboration between TSA, Victoria Police and AlcoCups, will also skill up professionals who work with young people, giving them an understanding of the importance of alcohol education, the ability to identify the physical and mental symptoms of alcohol misuse, and strategies and techniques as well as the latest resources to confidently deliver information about alcohol.
18 June 2012
HSM on the hill pollies unite: embrace sobriety and blogging
The Libs and the Greens have joined a ‘coalition of the sober’; signing up for a break from alcohol, and agreeing to blog about their journey. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare, Dr Andrew Southcott and Greens Health Spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale announced their participation in Hello Sunday Morning (HSM) at the launch of a report today in Canberra, which found that the innovative online initiative is successfully helping people change their behaviour and improve their health.
7 June 2012
Aboriginal health professionals get valuable tool in fight against substance misuse
For the first time in Australia, Aboriginal health professionals will have access to a plain English, up-to-date and evidence-based handbook to help them in their work to tackle alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems.
The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work will be officially launched today at the second National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC 2012) in Fremantle, Western Australia.
1 June 2012
Government loses way on pregnancy health warning labels on alcohol
Inaction, confusion and a general lack of direction from the Commonwealth Government has led to doubt about its commitment to introduce mandated pregnancy health warning labels on all alcohol products by December 2013.
Six months after the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (FoFR) made its recommendations on pregnancy warning labels, Commonwealth Government representatives are still unable to provide any firm details about the introduction of the 2013 mandatory scheme.
30 May 2012
Tasmanian FASD training program eyes possible national roll out
A pilot training program for the child and family services sector aimed at building worker capacity to support those who care for children living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) could have national applications.
The project, being developed by the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders
(NOFASARD) aims to fill a gap in the training curricula for child and family service workers.
24 May 2012
Lies exposed as industry fronts FASD inquiry
A detailed analysis of the alcohol industry’s submissions to a Parliamentary Inquiry has exposed a raft of false, misleading and unfounded claims.
The damning finding comes as alcohol industry representatives meet in Canberra today to present to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and calls into doubt the veracity of the industry claims.
21 May 2012
Voters in agreement on alcohol attitudes
We may be a nation divided at the ballot box, but when it comes to our attitudes about alcohol, a recent poll has shown that regardless of voting intentions, a majority of Australians perceive alcohol as a problem in Australia.
Released today in Canberra by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) the nation-wide polling shows that a majority of Labor, Coalition and Greens voters support policies such as health warning labels and restrictions on alcohol advertising that would reduce alcohol-related harms.
18 May 2012
New scholarship to develop AOD sector’s future leaders
A new scholarship aimed at building leadership and management capacity in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector, pays tribute to one of the sector’s leading lights, Emeritus Professor Ian Webster.
The Ian Webster Scholarship recognises Professor Webster’s contributions to the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) over the last 10 years, as well as the exceptional leadership he continues to demonstrate in his work throughout the not-for-profit sector, and in his various advisory roles to government.
16 May 2012
Youth alcohol program gives back to Coonamble
A new program aims to provide Coonamble youth with the tools to effectively tackle their own problems with alcohol while at the same time giving back to the Shire. The Coonamble Shire Yarn-Up Youth Program allows high school aged youth to develop alcohol-related resources that reinforce what they learn in Yarn-Up sessions that can be later shared with the broader community.
10 May 2012
Treasury FOI docs expose WFA’s fudged WET submission
The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) has been caught out providing unsubstantiated claims about the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET). Obtained under an FOI request, the documents have also revealed that New Zealand wine makers are rorting the WET and costing Australian tax payers millions.
30 April 2012
Simple alcohol tax to reduce harms and raise 1.5B for health
Four leading health groups have appealed directly to the Prime Minister to simplify Australia’s alcohol tax system; a move that would reduce the harms of alcohol misuse and raise $1.5 billion each year to fund public health programs.
17 April 2012
Australian alcohol poll – no end in sight to nation’s woes
A majority of Australians (79%) see no end in sight to the country’s alcohol-related problems and believe the issue will get worse, or at best, remain the same over the next five to ten years.
This year’s Annual Alcohol Poll also found that Australians are extremely critical of the alcohol industry and unimpressed by the industry’s efforts to reduce alcohol-related harms.
30 March 2012
Drink Tank – a real conversation starter
Australia now has a new online forum for debating and discussing issues about alcohol and the use and misuse of alcoholic products in contemporary Australian society.
Welcome to Drink Tank, Australia’s conversation space about alcohol.
An initiative of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Drink Tank aims to generate meaningful commentary and debate about alcohol policy, and to provide a platform for all members of the community to share their views and concerns.
22 March 2012
QLD judiciary ill prepared to handle FASD cases
Whether as victims or offenders, people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are highly likely to come into contact with Australia’s criminal justice system, however a study of the Queensland judiciary has highlighted a complete absence of formal FASD training and education.
19 March 2012
Innovative community grants tackle alcohol harms at local level
A training program for the child protection sector aimed at better supporting those who care for individuals living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), and a reality TV documentary that will follow 12 indigenous teenagers from the Western suburbs of Sydney on a road trip to Uluru, are just two of the 17 successful projects to receive funding today from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
19 March 2012
FARE Mixed Bowls champs withstand searing heat and morning sickness to secure title
Husband and wife team Trentan and Janet Healey are still beaming following their win last month in the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education Mixed Bowls Challenge at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
16 March 2012
FARE Welcomes new alcohol advertising watch dog
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has applauded today’s launch of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board, a new independent body established to police alcohol advertising in Australia.
6 March 2012
Media Release – Leading health experts ignite debate on Australias forgotten alcohol guidelines
A group of Australia’s leading public health organisations have called for the Commonwealth Government to fund a comprehensive public education campaign to promote Australia’s official Alcohol Guidelines to better protect young people and pregnant women.
The call follows a forum held in Melbourne today which examined the role of the Guidelines in reducing risky alcohol consumption in Australia. Held to coincide with the third anniversary of the release of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol, the forum was attended by researchers, public health officials and government representatives.
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6 March 2012
Three years on – alcohol guidelines invisible and unknown
Australia’s Alcohol Guidelines turn three today but there’s little reason to celebrate. New research by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) shows that 95 per cent of people are unable to correctly identify safe drinking levels.
The research has been released ahead of a meeting of health experts in Melbourne today which will explore the role of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.
22 February 2012
FOI request reveals government ignored its own research on pregnancy warning labels
Two reports released by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) that demonstrate the effectiveness of alcohol health warning labels, have raised questions as to why the Commonwealth Government chose to ignore the findings of its own commissioned research.
14 February 2012
Pregnant women not hearing or heeding safe drinking guidelines
A leading researcher has urged the Commonwealth Government to do more to promote safe drinking guidelines following new research that shows one in five Australian women continue drinking once they know they are pregnant.
18 January 2012
Call for a national plan to combat Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
FARE has today called for a comprehensive Commonwealth-led National Action Plan to tackle Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – the most common preventable cause of birth defects in Australia.
15 December 2011
Australia’s first youth Indigenous drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility leads the way for future treatment services
Today, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) celebrates the opening of Bunjilwarra, the first Australian drug and alcohol rehabilitation service solely dedicated to helping young Aboriginal people.
9 December 2011
Health experts welcome first step towards appropriate alcohol labelling
The Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Council on Food Regulation today acknowledged the need to regulate warning labels on alcohol products.
At the meeting in Melbourne to consider a response to the recommendations of the Blewett Review, a decision was made to introduce “appropriate labelling” about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, which will be regulated in two years’ time.
9 December 2011
Health and community leaders call for action on alcohol and pregnancy health warnings
63 leading health and community professionals, including two former Australians of the year, have urged effective action to warn women about the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, in an open letter to members of the Australian and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council.
The Council meets today in Melbourne to consider its response to the Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy – the Blewett Review – which recommended that a ‘suitably worded warning message about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy’ be mandated on alcoholic beverages.
2 December 2011
Research shows that young women want a safer night out
As Australian and New Zealand police gear up for Operation Unite, an initiative to raise awareness about alcohol related violence, new research shows that young women drinking in public venues are worried about potential hostility, aggression, physical and sexual violence from intoxicated strangers.
30 November 2011
Research shows industry regulated alcohol labels won’t work
Market research has overwhelmingly rejected the alcohol health warning labels recently launched by the Australian alcohol industry in favour of informative, clear and specific labels produced by FARE.
14 November 2011
New research highlights harms from mixing alcohol and energy drinks
New research on the consumption of alcohol and energy drinks has led to FARE calling for urgent action to prevent further harms from their consumption.
13 November 2011
New research about high risk behavior during schoolies
New research into the intentions of Australia’s youth during Schoolies Week has provided insights into the factors that contribute to young people drinking excessively and engaging in reckless activities and sex.
9 November 2011
National bodies join in call for action on alcohol warning labels
A number of influential national bodies have joined in the call for government action on the labelling of alcohol following the release of research which showed widespread public support for the measure.
9 November 2011
Call for action on alcohol warning labels to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy
Today FARE released Galaxy Research showing majority support for alcohol warning labels, with particularly high support for warnings about alcohol use during pregnancy.
19 October 2011
Foundation announces new initiatives to change the way we drink
Last night at its 10th anniversary reception at Old Parliament House, Canberra, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education launched the Professor Ian Webster Scholarship to recognise his outstanding achievements over many years.
29 September 2011
Submission: Australian Government’s Tax Forum
The Foundation has provided a submission to the Australian Government’s Tax Forum. The submission outlines the case for immediate alcohol taxation reform and suggests that the first step must be changing the wine equalisation tax to a volumetric tax.
28 September 2011
Report launch: “The Australian wine tax regime: Assessing industry claims”
An Australia Institute report to be launched today has torn up the myths and mistruths perpetuated by the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) that wine tax reform would result in a fall in production by 34 per cent and the loss of up to 12,000 Australian jobs.
The report concludes that the WFA has grossly exaggerated its claims on the impact of tax reform on the Australian wine industry in the event of a switch to a volumetric tax for wine.
6 September 2011
Foundation calls for urgent reform on the Wine Equalisation Tax
The report Alcohol taxation reform: Starting with the Wine Equalisation Tax, produced by leading economic consultants the Allen Consulting Group, and commissioned by the Foundation, concluded that the current tax structure contributes to the Australian wine glut by rewarding producers of cheap, poor-quality wines and propping up inefficient producers.
Launched at Parliament House this morning, the report concluded that:
5 September 2011
Submission: Alcohol-related Labelling Logic recommendations
The Foundation provided a submission to the government consultation process on specific aspects of the Labelling Logic report on food labelling. Within the submission the Foundation called for health warning labels to be applied to all alcohol products sold in Australia.
The submission outlines a labelling regime that includes at least 5 specific warning labels, rotated across all products, with one label focusing on the harms of consuming alcohol while pregnant. The Foundation specified that this regime needs to be government regulated and accompanied by a multi-faceted public education campaign.
16 August 2011
Foundation launches model alcohol health warning labels
The Foundation together with leading health experts are urging the Federal Government to make the new alcohol health warning labels mandatory to help reduce the harms caused by alcohol.
Launched at Parliament House this morning, the requirements of the proposed health warning label regime for alcohol products include:
20 June 2011
Health sector to tackle Australia’s hidden disability – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Chief Executive Michael Thorn today announced the Foundation’s investment of over $500,000 into seven projects across Australia to address gaps in FASD research and practice.
2 June 2011
Submission: Application A1026: Minimum alcohol content for wine
The Foundation and the Public Health Association of Australia wrote a response to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand request for submissions regarding Application A1026: Minimum Alcohol Content for Wine.