Another day, another report on the evils of alcohol. In a Fairfax article, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre yesterday declared "young women are now abusing alcohol at levels similar to men".

Michael Thorn of FARE -- an organisation about which Crikey will have more to say in coming weeks -- was asked to weigh in, and condemned the "increase in drinking levels among women". He then, at least in his quoted remarks, complained about "the way alcohol is promoted as a social norm" (not that it is a social norm, and has been so for millennia, but is promoted as such), which sent a bad message to young people -- "parents drinking, the actions of their peers and the messages they're getting about alcohol through advertising".