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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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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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Dear preventative health wowsers: stop taking the piss

Some persistent themes run through campaigns by the preventive health lobby to ban and tax things. But should these taxpayer-funded elites be allowed to crack down on what they disapprove of?

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Ideology aside, the Aboriginal grog bans are working

The ban on booze in some Aboriginal communities does reduce abuse rates. Peter d’Abbs from the Menzies School of Health Research looks at the data.

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Burying the hatchet the Territory way

Up in Darwin the political chiefs of the Liberal Country Party are wielding the hatchet to bring about peace by exterminating unfriendly public servants.

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Do the arts need to dry out? An addictive cultural cocktail

If you drink and make art … It’s time for artists and the industry broadly to have a mature conversation about alcohol in our industry.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Is reducing the number of bottle shops to curb domestic violence a ‘bone-headed’ idea?

A Melbourne research fellow argues that reducing the density of liquor outlets also reduces domestic violence. The downside in this sort of thinking is that it deflects attention from root causes, writes Alan Davies.

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Battery hens run out in Tasmania

Tasmania is moving to ban battery hen farming.

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Will Wayne Swan’s budget be enough for Labor?

Wayne Swan has done his best to stop the rot of declining support for Labor. I very much doubt that it will be enough.

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Cheers! Alcohol consumption is stable

Listen to the views of the fun police and you would think that Australia has embarked on some new kind of alcohol explosion.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

The unhealthy trifecta: smokes, booze & gambling

There are similarities between the tobacco and alcohol industries. It’s time to include the gambling industry in this analysis, says Charles Livingstone.

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Happy little vegemites

Kevin Rudd, it seems, is not unique.

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Woolworths’ ACDC wine brain fade

Perhaps Woolworths will ask the producers to add a Bon Scott label drawing attention to the coroner’s finding that the original lead singer for the band died of “acute alcohol poisoning”

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Rudd’s memory loss regarding John Faulkner

Short term memory loss is a helpful attribute for a politician.

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New Matilda | LINKS|

Alcohol in the Alice: the drink destroying a city

In Alice Springs, locals drink double the national average of alcohol per year. Therefore it’s no surprise that 70-90% of the assaults in the town are alcohol-related. How do we stop the grog? asks Russell Goldflam.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Only parents and guardians should be able to buy booze for minors

Sarah Jaggard from he Australian Drug Foundation, is hoping that a new call to ban the secondary supply of alcohol to minors may be taken up by the Victorian Government.

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Time | ECONOMY|

US drowns their economic sorrows

The US is still in very tough times economically and when the going gets tough, the tough get boozed. Alcohol consumption in the States is up, but people are drinking cheaper brands and boozing at home.

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The legal drinking age: stout Crikey readers whine

Crikey readers weigh in on the prospect of raising the drinking age to 21, the Green Loans scheme and Barnaby Joyce’s role as Opposition financial minister.

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National Times | MARKETS|

We’re drunken violent yobbos, no matter the advertising

Getting wasted on Australia Day isn’t some inherent national right that the liquor industry must defend, says Jeremy Bass. The businesses serving the booze — from pubs to supermarket grog shops — need to widen their tunnel vision.

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The Independent | EUROPE|

Drugs vs. booze

Debate is heating up in the UK after the government’s former chief drugs adviser, Dr David Nutt, was sacked over his views that cannabis is less harmful than cigarettes and alcohol. Now the scientific community is coming to his defence.

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Intervention lets Territory grog runners walk free

Canberra is weak as piss on grog in the Northern Territory, and several NT Magistrates are angry that their sentencing options for grog-runners have been seriously compromised by the Intervention.

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Sloshpot | FOOD & TRAVEL|

13 types of booze you can brew in your own kitchen

Most people have made abortive attempts to brew their own beer, but what about apple cider, Irish cream, mead, gin or sambuca? Sloshpot explains how to make 13 alcoholic beverages in your own home.

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