Welcome to Alcohol Action Station edition #113
Issue no. 113
In this Issue
  • Welcome to Alcohol Action Station
  • Did you know?
  • Secondary Supply Laws Now In WA
  • Liquor Law Changes In WA: Extended Trading Hours
  • Seminar Invitation: Effects Of Others’ Drinking On Children
  • New Research On Drinking At Home With Parents
  • Take Action on Alcohol Advertising!
  • Alcohol in the Media
  • The Facts 

Welcome to Alcohol Action Station

One in 8 presentations to emergency departments (EDs) at peak times is alcohol-related, new research from Australian and New Zealand EDs showed in the largest ever study of its kind.

Image of emergency signAssociate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) said that 9,600 patients were screened at eight EDs in Australia and New Zealand for a week in December 2014 to see whether alcohol was involved in their attendance.
Overall, 1 in 12 ED presentations was alcohol-related. “This equates to more than half a million patients attending EDs every year across Australia and New Zealand,” A/Prof Egerton-Warburton said.
McCusker Centre Executive Officer Julia Stafford said that alcohol was continuing to burden the health system. Changes to WA’s liquor laws needed to focus on reducing harm, including measures such as controlled purchase operations to reduce underage access to alcohol.

ACEM is calling on governments to introduce firmer measures to limit the availability of alcohol. “The measures included in the NSW ‘Lockout’ laws – particularly early closure - have demonstrated beyond doubt that when you reduce availability, you reduce harm,” A/Prof Egerton-Warburton said. 
Want more?
Read the media release and media coverage here and here
Until next time,
Danica Keric, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
Megan De Piazz, Injury Control Council of WA

did you know?

WA Leavers predict they will drink 8 drinks a day during this week’s Leavers celebrations, according to a Curtin University survey.
Source: Perth Now

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Secondary Supply Laws Now In WA

Secondary supply laws came into effect in WA from 20 November 2015.
Secondary supply campaignhe new laws mean that it will be against the law to provide under 18s with alcohol in private settings without parental consent.
This is a very welcome move. Racing and Gaming Minister Hon Colin Holt MLC said the laws empower parents who do not want their children exposed to alcohol. They were introduced just in time for Leavers this week, where around half the cohort will be 18 years old and will be able to legally purchase alcohol.
A new campaign by the Mental Health Commission (previously the Drug and Alcohol Office) and the Department for Racing, Gaming and Liquor aims to raise awareness of the new laws and increase community understanding of the importance of preventing the supply of alcohol to young people. The campaign’s key message is that “giving alcohol to under 18s in private setting without parental consent will be against the law.”
Want more?
Read FAQs about the new laws on the DRGL website.
Check out the Drug and Alcohol Office website for more on the campaign.
Read media coverage.

Liquor Law Changes In WA: Extended Trading Hours

Changes to WA’s liquor laws will see Sunday late-night trading hours extended from 10pm to midnight for pubs and from midnight to 2am for nightclubs.
The changes were announced last week as part of the Red Tape Reduction initiative by the WA government and were consistent with the government’s response to the Liquor Control Act review.
WA Racing and Gaming Minister Hon Colin Holt MLC said the decision to extend the drinking hours was made to “recognise modern community expectations and the seven-day week economy.”
The McCusker Centre does not support these changes. “We think this is quite an unfortunate move in WA,” said Julia Stafford, Executive Officer of the McCusker Centre.
“There’s a lot of evidence that more alcohol leads to more problems. There’s likely to be additional policing costs, and police resources around the country are already stretched dealing with alcohol issues and everything else they have to deal with, so it doesn’t make sense on a lot of levels,” said Ms Stafford.
The McCusker Centre is calling on the WA Government to empower police and licensing regulators to monitor and enforce the laws that restricted the sale of alcohol to minors.
Want more?
Read the Minister’s media release; read media coverage.

Seminar Invitation: Effects Of Others’ Drinking On Children

You are invited to a free public seminar with Dr Anne-Marie Laslett from the National Drug Research Institute and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research.
NDRI seminar flyer
The seminar will describe plans for analysis of child protection, child health and alcohol data sets in WA. The aim of the research is to investigate the relationship of alcohol sales and liquor licence density to harms, and evaluate how policies linked to these outcomes may result in fewer problems for children.
“Take the grog away, and then we will have mum and dad back”: Effects of others’ drinking on children – a spectrum of harm and solutions?

When:                 Monday 7 December at 11am

Where:               National Drug Research Institute
                             Seminar Room, Curtin University
                             Health Research Campus
                             Level 2, 10 Selby Street,
                             Shenton Park

RSVP:        or (08) 9266 1600
                             by Thursday 3 December 2015.

More info:          National Drug Research Institute website.
We look forward to seeing you there!

New Research On Drinking At Home With Parents

New Australian research provides further evidence that introducing young people to alcohol in the family home is not protective against later risky drinking.

The research found that:
  • 15% of those surveyed reported drinking repeatedly (more than 3 times in the past 6 months) with their family in early adolescence (around 15 years old).
  • During early adolescence, males and females who reported repeated drinking at home with the family were more likely to report repeated drinking in other contexts (e.g. at a party, in a park/car, at a pub/club and home alone) than those who did not drink repeatedly at home with their parents.
  • Adolescents who drank more than 3 times in the last 6 months in each context were more likely to report risky drinking in later adolescence.
“Our results challenge the rationale for parents supervising alcohol consumption by adolescents as a strategy to reduce harmful drinking. Drinking in less supervised contexts also increased risks for later risky drinking,” write the authors.
The authors conclude that alcohol use with family does not protect against risky drinking, and that there is an association in the opposite direction in that the onset of risky drinking is more likely among young people who had consumed alcohol with family on more than 3 occasions in the last 6 months than among those who had done so less frequently, or not at all.
The authors advise parents wishing to reduce their children’s alcohol use that they should limit the opportunities for adolescents to drink alcohol in both supervised and unsupervised settings.
Want more?
Read the full paper in BMC Public Health.

Take Action on Alcohol Advertising!

If you see an alcohol ad that concerns you, you can do something about it! Image of AARB logo
The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) accepts complaints about alcohol ads from the Australian community. It’s a very simple process - we accept complaints by email, an online form, phone or the post. All we need is a picture or link to the ad and a few sentences on why it concerns you.
To keep up to-do-date on AARB determination, reports, and interesting research, follow @AlcoholAdReview on Twitter.

Alcohol in the Media

Fremantle puts light hand on alcohol ads
The West Australian, 25 November 2015
The City of Fremantle could end local alcohol-branded music festivals amid concerns about the effect on young people.
Australian children fear alcohol and violence: ChildFund Alliance research
Sydney Morning Herald, 20 November 2015
Australian children are increasingly concerned about our drinking culture, naming the consumption of alcohol and drugs among adults as a leading cause of child abuse. 
Remote mothers take control of drinking during pregnancy
The Australian, 18 November 2015
Pregnant mothers have eliminated or reduced their intake of alcohol in a life-affirming turnaround in the Kimberley region, which made international headlines with one of the world’s highest rate of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, in findings published early this year.

Students have say on alcohol
Eastern Reporter, 17 November 2015
Some eastern suburbs students are leading the way in alcohol awareness among their peers ahead of leavers week.
Karalee Katsambanis: Parents have a lot to answer for Leavers madness
WA Today, 16 November 2015
“Good luck to Year 12s for the WACE exams.” We have all seen the signs as we drive past Perth schools this week.
Briggs calls for broader reform in alcohol taxes
The Australian, 16 November 2015
The federal government is facing calls from within to widen its review of wine industry taxation into an overhaul of alcohol taxes, with South Australian minister Jamie Briggs saying broader reform would modernise and improve the image of the industry.
Why you shouldn’t give your 16-year-old a beer
The New Daily, 15 November 2015
Introducing alcohol in a controlled environment does not actually lead to responsible drinkers, new research shows.

The Facts

Research from WA Leavers in 2009 showed:
  1. Over half consumed more than 10 standard drinks a day;
  2. 87% consumed more than 4 standard drinks a day;
  3. 41% had an accident or injury;
  4. 58% had blackouts;
  5. 21% reported having sex they later regretted; and
  6. 14% had unprotected sex.
Source: Lam T, et al. 2014. Alcohol and other drug use at school leavers’ celebrations. Journal of Public Health; 36(3): 408-416.
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