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Changing your drinking habits 

As we continue to live with COVID-related restrictions, we need to be mindful of how much alcohol we are drinking and its impact on us and our loved ones. 


If new drinking habits that started during the COVID-19 isolation period continue over time, you could be at risk of developing a dependence on alcohol. 


Assess your drinking with this quick, clinically derived alcohol consumption tool and find information and support related to your drinking habits. 

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Mass trauma and alcohol use 

The coronavirus global pandemic has radically changed daily life for most Australians, creating mass uncertainty about the future. 


While anxiety and even panic are normal human responses to crisis, managing those emotions can be a serious challenge. We explore the relationship between alcohol and crisis. 

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Staying connected during COVID-19

Right now, maintaining a healthy social life can be a challenge. Yet maintaining and strengthening our social connections has never been more important. 

Tips for connection
Preventing harm during the pandemic
The pandemic has resulted in widespread global action by governments to reduce the spread of the virus. This in turn affects the experiences of people who use alcohol and other drugs, and the ways in which they can access help and support.

This article provides some tips on how people who use alcohol and other drugs may be able to tackle the challenges that the pandemic presents. 
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Alcohol and Drug Foundation history: The 1990s 

It was the end of a millennium and the world now tilted towards globalisation. There was still a little magic in the air when a young Harry Potter headed off to Hogwarts for a spot of Quidditch. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation was growing quickly on to bigger and better things. 

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Research via ADF Library 

Child-parent agreement on alcohol-related parenting: Opportunities for prevention of alcohol-related harm 

There is limited research in how the effectiveness of parenting strategies affects a child’s alcohol consumption and potential related harm. In Western Australia, a cross sectional online survey was conducted to study the differences between a parent’s and a child’s reported perception to a parent’s protective behaviours, expectations, attitudes and communication in relation to alcohol consumption. Where reports of misperception between the child and the parental expectations differed, there was an increased uptake of alcohol by the child. Where parents disapproved of drinking alcohol, and didn’t supply it, children were less likely to drink. 

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Shaw TJ, Robyn; Gilligan, Conor; McBride, Nyanda; Thomas, Laura. Child-parent agreement on alcohol-related parenting: Opportunities for prevention of alcohol-related harm. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals. 2018;Volume 29 (Issue 2 (Aug 2018)):123-32. 



Depression and risky alcohol use: an examination of the role of difficulties regulating positive emotions in trauma-exposed individuals 

A self-report questionnaire was completed by 395 adults exposed to traumas including natural disasters, transportation accidents and sexual assault. The study covered emotion dysregulation and the role of difficulties in regulating positive emotions in the severity of depression symptoms and their association with reported risky alcohol use. The relationship between risky drinking and depression was significantly contributed to by difficulties in accepting positive emotions and in controlling impulsive behaviour whilst experiencing positive emotions. People experiencing depression would be assisted to avoid risky drinking by the development of techniques such as mindfulness and distress tolerance skills, to regulate their positive emotions. 


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Schick MR, Weiss NH, Contractor A, Dixon-Gordon KL, Spillane NS. Depression and risky alcohol use: an examination of the role of difficulties regulating positive emotions in trauma-exposed individuals. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2019;45(3):323-32. 

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