Welcome to Alcohol Action Station e-newsletter edition #51
Issue no. 51
In this Issue
  • Welcome to Alcohol Action Station
  • Did you knoW?
  • Hear From Community Advocate Samantha Menezes: Secondary Supply Campaign
  • Changes to Liquor Without a Meal Rules
  • Develop your advocacy skills: E-mentoring PrograM
  • Take Action on Alcohol Advertising
  • Alcohol in the Media
  • The Facts

Welcome to Alcohol Action Station

Last chance to nominate for the Action on Alcohol Awards!

If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their action on alcohol, nominate them for the Action on Alcohol Awards.  awards
The Action on Alcohol Awards recognise individuals, organisations, and initiatives that have made a significant contribution to reducing harms from alcohol among young people in WA.
There are five award categories:
  • Young People in Action
  • Community in Action
  • Regional Communities in Action
  • Government in Action
  • Media in Action
Information about the award categories and nomination forms are available at Entries close 5.00pm Monday 10 June 2013.
Queries? Contact Danica Keric at the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth on 08 9266 4132 or
Until next time,
Danica Keric, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
Megan Farley, Injury Control Council of WA

did you know?

The Action on Alcohol Awards are a great way to recognise those doing important work in the community to reduce harm from alcohol. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised, find out more here!

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Hear From Community Advocate Samantha Menezes: Secondary Supply Campaign

We asked Samantha Menezes, the community advocate behind the petition calling for secondary supply, to write about her experience campaigning for secondary supply laws in WA. Below is what she had to tell us.A_mum's_plea_for_alcohol_laws
I started the online petition calling for secondary supply legislation in late Feb after attending a talk at our school by Paul Dillon (DARTA). I realised that WA had no laws regulating the supply of alcohol to minors in private settings. The petition was started to raise awareness initially amongst my friends and colleagues but it soon grew bigger than that and began to involve the WA community. Initially I hoped to get 1000 signatures and maybe have a meeting with Minister Waldron. I quickly realised that our community were beyond being concerned and wanted some real action.
I was aware there was a review of the WA Liquor Act just starting. I contacted The West Australian newspaper when I heard about an out of control party in Yokine involving 300 underage youths. A journalist from The West called me on the Sunday and by Monday 25 March there it was – in the newspaper! I have since spoken to radio stations and TV channels, and had an opinion piece published in The West and a number of articles published in newspapers.
Whilst I was navigating the media I was very busy at home communicating with those from the community contacting me as well as emailing anyone I thought would be interested and supportive of secondary supply and reducing alcohol harm to our youth. I also began to email MPs and had a meeting with my local representative Sean L’Estrange. I had also a wonderfully productive meeting with Commissioner Michelle Scott. As the numbers mounted I managed to schedule a meeting with Minister Waldron and Minister Morton. This was a productive meeting that went very well with open discussion on secondary supply. I was able to express that secondary supply legislation is a deterrent law enabling parents to have more control over the supply of alcohol to their children. I also emphasised it is part of a comprehensive plan to educate parents and the community over the harm that can come from the early introduction of alcohol to our children.
I have been so fortunate to have been able to seek advice from Prof Mike Daube and Geoff Munro from the Australian Drug Foundation. I have also been in touch with the Drug and Alcohol Office frequently and they have been most helpful. I am now a student representative on the Australian Health Promotion Association WA branch and involved with the Curtin Local Drug Action Group.
Where to from here….well I am hoping to lodge the petition in Parliament and will be contacting all MPs about what secondary supply legislation will mean for WA. The review has been extended from June to September so I will continue to update the Facebook page and the petitioners with any news. I cannot and will not go quiet on this as it is a matter of urgency. I would love to become involved in the education campaign, even speaking about these laws to schools and parents. I am a passionate advocate in regard to underage drinking and am prepared to take a stand.
What can I do?

Changes to Liquor Without a Meal Rules

From this week, patrons in small WA restaurants will be able to have a drink without buying a meal. This is part of Premier Colin Barnett’s election promise to change WA’s liquor laws so that restaurants holding 120 people or fewer would automatically have the ability to serve alcohol without a meal as part of the
The new legislation will not be introduced until the review of the WA Liquor Control Act is complete. As an interim measure, the Liquor Control Regulations have been amended to make it easier for restaurants to apply for a Liquor Without a Meal permit – it now costs only $50 (down from $431), takes only 10 days for applications to be processed and Public Interest Assessments are no longer required when applying for a permit. Patrons still need to be seated at tables and the kitchen must remain open.
What do you think about these changes? Are you concerned that the changes will make alcohol more available? Or are you happy with the changes? Let us know your thoughts.
Want more?
Media coverage is available here and here.
Department of Racing Gaming and Liquor media release is available here.

Develop Your Advocacy Skills: E-mentoring Program

The Public Health Advocacy Institute’s 2013-14 Advocacy E-mentoring Program is now calling for mentees!Public_health_advocacy_institute
This is a great opportunity for those interested in public health advocacy and is open to anyone working in public health, health promotion, health research or allied health, as well as to emerging leaders outside the health sector (if your work has some interest in health and wellbeing).
Using social media, the program runs for 12 months and incorporates online tutoring and quizzes, chat rooms and video or teleconferencing link ups. Mentees undertake a range of advocacy activities to provide a platform to develop your own advocacy strategies relevant to your work or community.  The program pairs mentees with an experienced public health advocacy professional as their mentor.
Want to know more?

Take Action on Alcohol Advertising

Seen an alcohol ad recently that concerned you? AARB_Bus_Stop_Ad
It may have been on a bus shelter or billboard, on T.V as you watched the cricket, on YouTube before your favourite music video or in your daily newspaper.
Alcohol advertising impacts on the drinking behaviours and attitudes of young people, and young people are exposed to alcohol advertising in many different forms. Next time you see an alcohol ad that concerns you, let the Alcohol Advertising Review Board know about it. The Alcohol Advertising Review Board accepts complaints from the Australian community about alcohol ads and aims to provide independent review of alcohol advertising in Australia.
Making a complaint is simple – just send a pic or link to the advertisement (if you can) and briefly describe why it concerns you. At you will find an online form and contact details to submit complaints.
To stay up to date on all Alcohol Advertising Review Board determinations, follow @AlcoholAdReview on Twitter.

Alcohol in the Media

Over-age Year 12s ' a worry'
The West Australian, 5 June 2013
Schools are dragging their heels on planning how to deal with the first wave of 18-year-old Year 12s, according to alcohol and drug educators.
Liquor laws eased for small restaurant drinkers
The West Australian, 30 May 2013
The State Government has fast-tracked changes to liquor licensing laws, ensuring that from next week patrons in small restaurants will be able to have a drink without having a meal.
Program targets teen drinking
Mandurah Coastal Times, 29 May 2013
Alcohol use and its effects on young people are themes being taught to Mandurah high school students and their parents through the Smart Generation project.
Changing booze culture on to-do list
Sound Telegraph, 26 March 2013
Helping to change WA’s booze culture is on Warnbro teenager Brix Ottoway’s to-do-list.
Regulator seeks to put big alcohol promos in ‘high-risk’ basket
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 May 2013
Discounts at bottle shops of more than 50 per cent off wine, beer and liquor will be classified as high-risk promotions likely to cause alcohol-related harm under tough draft guidelines by the liquor regulator.
Party antics shock mother
The West Australian, 25 May 2013
A mother has used her son’s Facebook account to berate revellers she says trashed her family home during his 18th birthday party.
Teen undercover cops for liquor stings
The West Australian, 24 May 2013
Police want to use teenage cadets in undercover stings on bottle shops to crack down on liquor outlets supplying juveniles with alcohol.

The Facts

  1. The brain continues to develop into the early 20s making it vulnerable to the toxic effects of alcohol.
  2. Regular binge drinking can irreparably damage young brains leading to problems with memory, planning and organisation, impulse control and mood regulation.
  3. Young brains are more sensitive to the effect of alcohol on the structure and function of the brain and at the same time are less sensitive to cues that serve to moderate alcohol intake.
Source: Alcohol. Think Again.
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