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Hinch on genitalia comparisons

Crikey readers have their say on Jacqui Lambie, alcohol abuse and other issues of the day

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A sober reflection on the so-called ‘alcohol epidemic’

The latest hard evidence shows that Australians are drinking significantly less, despite relentless claims of an “alcohol epidemic” from the public health lobby.

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Tips and rumours (budget-night edition)

Abbott goes drinking with his fave journos … Left / Right divide over pub choice … Joe Hockey on the dance floor …

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The reality behind Big Grog and other villains of the public health debate

The reality of the alcohol and beverage industry fits poorly with efforts to dismiss them as evil vectors of disease. The real data on health tells a different story.

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Health lobby v Bernard Keane: alcohol industry is the problem, not the solution

Curtin University professor of health policy Mike Daube responds to Crikey politics editor Bernard Keane’s defence of the alcohol industry’s DrinkWise campaign.

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Don’t look to authorities to discourage binge drinking

Crikey readers have their say on the best way to tackle binge drinking culture.

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Drunk on moral superiority: public health lobby’s nonsensical alcohol policy

Demonising the alcohol industry ignores evidence from previous successful public health campaigns, warns a senior public health figure.

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Follow Friday: @ivymix, who thinks drinks and champions women

Meet Ivy Mix, who through nominative determinism, a sense of fun and just plain grit is making a big name for herself — and women — in the blokey world of bartending. It’s another Crikey Follow Friday …

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Alcohol and violence: Fairfax’s shameless campaign of misrepresentation

Desperate newspapers and a rejection of basic facts has proved a toxic combination in NSW over the issue of alcohol-related violence.

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Get Fact: is marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol?

US President Barack Obama has said marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Crikey intern David Ross takes a look at the figures in Australia to see if that’s true.

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Anti-cigarette measures up in smoke

Crikey readers talk cigarettes, alcohol, conscription and whether climate change or tectonic activity is to blame for the Solomon Islands’ plight.

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Get Fact: will more expensive booze cut binge drinking?

Increasing the price of booze, especially cask wine, will cut binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence, right? Wrong, writes freelance journalist Callum Denness — unless nanna’s been hanging out at Kings Cross.

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Media briefs: Bulmers apology … The Oz‘s Aussie … Ashes glory …

Bulmers Cider has confused a famous teetotal and alcohol hater with the founder of its brand. Plus other media tidbits.

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A defence of radical architecture

Crikey readers talk brutalist architecture, Judi Moylan and why Bernard Keane has gone too far.

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An alternate election night Crikey drinking game

Guy Rundle has a pretty epic drinking game, or if you like your games slightly simpler (or don’t have parfait d’amour to hand), try this one …

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Detention centres a government responsibility

Crikey readers have their say on Serco, how to vote and whether the alcohol industry is invited to tea.

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Get Fact: did the alcopops tax curb teenage drinking?

When the government introduced a 70% tax hike on alcopops, it promised the measure would fill public coffers and limit teenage quaffers. Crikey intern Shaun Ewart reports the actual result was different.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Scots learn that the more booze you buy, the more you drink, and the Spaniards design a cracking submarine — that is so heavy it sinks. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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A ‘right to drink’ in Alice? Banned boozers register debate

The NT government’s abolition of the Banned Drinkers Register has divided opinion in Central Australia. Swinburne Institute for Social Research research fellow Eleanor Hogan reports for Inside Story.

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Shocking reality of Aussie drinking: it’s in moderation, and declining

Despite the claims of anti-alcohol campaigners, Australians are drinking less — yes, even Generation Y.

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Alcohol bodies: grog doing more harm than good

Brian Vandenberg, executive officer at the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, responds to Bernard Keane’s article on the “non-crisis” of Australia’s alcohol consumption.

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Bottoms up: the non-crisis of Australia’s alcohol consumption

The constant claims about the dangers of rising alcohol use in Australia don’t match reality. Crikey fact checks some of the statements made by the wowser lobby.

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Preventive health saves big bucks — and lives

Crikey readers weigh in on the big issues of the day.

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Preventative health debate: in defence of liberty and diversity

The problem with the preventive health movement is the refusal to accept a basic trade-off of Western society — that liberty is at times more important than maximising community welfare.

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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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