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Di Natale: we’re not wowsers for responding to booze abuse

Greens Senator Dr Richard Di Natale takes issue with Bernard Keane’s analysis of “preventative health wowsers”. He says our Canberra correspondent is being tricky with numbers.

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Alcohol control no nanny state conspiracy: preventive health lobby

Around Australia there are many people outside the preventive health sector who are working hard to combat the impact of too much booze, write health researchers Michael Thorn and Sandra Jones.

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Teetotallers’ total tops total tipplers

The world has more non-alcohol-drinkers than drinkers, the World Health Organisation reported overnight.

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There’s no right of reply if you’re mobbed by The Spectator

How do you get a right of reply in The Spectator Australia? asks Professor Mike Daube. It’s harder than you might think.

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PHOTO GALLERY: The drunkards and junkies of the literary world

It may be wrong to glamorise drug and alcohol abuse, but this fascinating gallery of famous literary addicts — with names like Edgar Allan Poe, Phillip K. Dick and Hemingway — show that at least pain does make great art.

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Equal and opposite reactions

A smart man that Newton. He might have been dealing with motion but his third law regularly has a broader application: limiting binge drinking has created a cheap illegal drugs boom.

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New drinking guidelines are about informed decisions, not wowserism

Unsafe drinking doesn’t only harm the drinker — many other people also pay a price, writes Jon Currie.

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Why grog is an issue for workplaces

Both workers and employers could benefit if workplaces were more effectively engaged in efforts to tackle hazardous drinking, writes Ken Pidd.

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Northern Territory in the grip of the grog?

To call for some reduction in the worst excesses of grog-fuelled, anti-social behaviour is to risk being branded a wowser, and ‘un-Territorian’, writes Graham Ring.

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Tom Calma: More questions than answers

My concern with the Federal Government’s proposal is that it doesn’t put in place the preventative measures that indigenous people need to stop the violence, and then prevent it from reoccurring, writes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma.

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