Welcome to Alcohol Action Station edition #126
Issue no. 126
In this Issue
  • Welcome to Alcohol Action Station
  • Did you know?
  • Formula 1 and Alcohol: Just not Right
  • Aldi Liquor Stores in WA
  • New Research on Alcohol and Intimate Partner Violence and Harms
  • Survey for Young People Who Use Social Media
  • Global Drug Survey: Australians Want To Drink Less
  • Take Action on Alcohol Advertising!
  • Alcohol in the News
  • The Facts 

Welcome to Alcohol Action Station

Are you concerned about alcohol sponsorship of sport? You can do something about it!
Kristen Ella, the daughter of NRL great Steve Ella, has launched a petition calling on NRL CEO Todd Greenberg to phase out alcohol sponsorship of the game.
Image of NRL petition“Our footy idols are now walking billboards for the alcohol industry,” she wrote.  “Shamefully, the NRL’s alcohol ads are doing real damage to our kids and fans.”
If you’re concerned too, show your support! Sign the
petition and check out #boozefreesport.
Want more?

Watch a video about the petition.
Check out the petition.
Read Steve Ella’s recent opinion piece.
Until next time,
Danica Keric, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
Megan De Piazz, Injury Control Council of WA

did you know?

The 2012 State of Origin three-game series TV broadcast featured 4,062 episodes of alcohol marketing in the form of commentary, banners around the stadium, painted logos on the field, team uniforms, logos in the dressing rooms, scoreboard advertising, and ‘pop up’ ads.

Source: MCAAY Factsheet: Alcohol Advertising and Young People.
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Formula 1 and Alcohol: Just not Right

Driving and alcohol don’t mix. Yet alcohol companies continue to sponsor motor sports and motor sports continue to take alcohol sponsorship money. Image of racing flag
Formula 1 recently announced a sponsorship deal with Heineken worth $150 million, making Heineken one of the main sponsors of motorsport. Health groups are appalled, not least because drink driving is of such concern around the world.
Forty health and community groups from around the world, including the McCusker Centre, have supported a letter from the European Alcohol Policy Alliance to Formula 1’s governing body calling on them to end alcohol sponsorship of Formula 1. “It is…worrying that F1 is now bringing the link between alcohol brands and motor sport even closer together,” they wrote.
Marian Skar from  the European Alcohol Policy Alliance said,  “Formula 1 should ask themselves if they want to be a motorsport or an alcohol brand event?...If both the sport and the drinks producer want to be seen as responsible industries, they should stop this deal and move away from alcohol sponsorship in F1”.
Want more?
Read the letter, media release and media coverage.

Aldi Liquor Stores in WA

You may have seen media coverage about Aldi’s proposal to sell alcohol in its WA stores. To date, Aldi have applied for five liquor licenses in WA and the WA Police, the Executive Director of Public Health and the McCusker Centre have intervened or objected to the applications.
McCusker Centre’s concerns
The McCusker Centre is particularly concerned about Aldi’s intention to sell alcohol inside a supermarket. Alcohol is not an ordinary commodity and it deserves to be treated differently to grocery items such as bread and milk. It is an inherently risky product with potential to cause significant harms to drinkers and others. The Aldi proposal would set a precedent for Perth, which would inevitably be followed by the other chains.
Supermarkets are places children and young people are likely to visit with or without their parents, and the proposed layouts of the Aldi stores mean they will be exposed to the sale and promotion of alcohol in places where they would not normally see it. While the media coverage generally focused on price, the McCusker Centre’s primary concern was to ensure that there was no change to current practices in this area which, to date, have kept alcohol out of supermarkets.
The McCusker Centre is also concerned about the promotion and sale of very cheap alcohol by all liquor retailers, and issues relating to the availability of packaged liquor, which is associated with rates of assault, domestic violence, chronic disease and very heavy episodic drinking.
What has happened so far?
The Director of Liquor Licensing has made decisions on two of Aldi’s liquor applications.
Aldi’s Butler application was conditionally approved, but to address the concerns raised, the Director imposed conditions on the license, including that the licensed area must be separated from the supermarket by a solid and fixed structure and that all liquor must be paid for before leaving the licensed area.
The Director did not approve the Harrisdale store application. BWS (Woolworths) applied for a liquor store license in the same shopping centre, and the Director decided that it was not necessary for two packaged liquor outlets to operate within the shopping centre; only one was approved. The BWS application was deemed to be “of greater benefit to consumers” than the Aldi store; the BWS will be purposively separated and delineated from the general supermarket and the Aldi store posed a “greater risk from a broad public health perspective.” Aldi have appealed the Director’s decision.
Not all Aldi supermarkets sell alcohol
The majority of Aldi supermarkets in NSW and Victoria are licensed to sell alcohol (137 of 162 in NSW and 129 of 130 in VIC), but Aldi supermarkets don’t sell alcohol in Queensland (104 Aldi stores) and South Australia (9 Aldi stores).
Comments from Premier Colin Barnett
Premier Colin Barnett commented in media coverage about Aldi’s plans to sell alcohol. He believes that “there is no doubt that if alcohol is too cheap and too freely available we have alcohol problems in our community.”
In regard to the Harrisdale decision, the Premier said that there is a case for both sides, and that he will leave the determination to the Director of Liquor Licensing, saying that whatever the outcome, he won’t intervene.
Want more?
To catch up on the news about Aldi liquor stores, check out:   

The West Australian, Perth Now and WA Today press; and
Channel 7 and Channel Ten news.

New Research on Alcohol and Intimate Partner Violence and Harms

Two new papers are available on the role of alcohol in harms in intimate relationships.  
Images of alcohol violence and intimate partners papersAuthors Leonard and Quigley from the State University of New York reflected on the contribution of alcohol use to intimate partner violence in Drug and Alcohol Review.
They argue that excessive alcohol use does contribute to the occurrence of partner violence, and call for researchers to refocus efforts on ways to reduce alcohol-related intimate partner violence. “We believe that we need to move beyond the argument as to whether alcohol is or is not the cause of intimate partner violence. We should be examining the processes by which alcohol facilitates the occurrence and severity of intimate partner violence,” they wrote.
Researchers Laslett, Jiang and Room have described the prevalence of alcohol-related harms to intimate partners in Drug and Alcohol Review. Through two surveys of Australians in 2008 and 2011, they found that:
  • An estimated 6.7% of Australians were negatively affected by an intimate partner’s drinking.
  • Almost half of the respondents who have an intimate partner who drinks heavily report being negatively affected by their drinking. 
  • Although a minority of respondents were affected by their intimate partner’s drinking, over half (57%) of those harmed in 2008 continued to experience harm in 2011.
  • Almost half (46.9%) of those who were not harmed in 2008 but did live with a heavy drinking intimate partner did go on to be harmed in 2011.
  • Harms include emotional harms, serious arguments, physical harms and inadequate role performance.
Want more?
Read the Leonard paper and the Laslett paper.

Survey for Young People Who Use Social Media

Do you know a young person aged between 13 and 25 years? Do they use social media?Image of survey
If so, Curtin University researchers would love to hear from them!
The Alcohol Advertising on Social Media and Young People survey aims to explore the influence of social media on young people’s alcohol behaviours in Australia and India. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete and will be completely anonymous.
To find out more, visit the Facebook page for the survey and the survey.
If you know of young people in this age range, share this info with them!

Global Drug Survey: Australians Want To Drink Less

“Many Australians believe they are drinking too much alcohol and want help to drink less,” The Guardian reported about the Global Drug Survey, one of the largest studies of drug-using behaviour.Image of Global Drug Survey logo
Almost 1 in 4 (23.7%) Australian respondents said they had hurt themselves or others as a result of their drinking, while 42% reported wanting to drink less.
The survey showed that 15.4% of Australian respondents used alcohol four or more times a week, 34.9% used alcohol two or three times per week, and that 24% had six to eight or more drinks in a session weekly.
The survey also revealed that more than 1 in 10 (13.7%) believed they needed help to drink less, while 4.2% said they planned on taking steps to seek this help.
The Clinical Director of St Vincent’s Sydney’s alcohol and drug service, Nadine Ezard, said she was pleased that many of those who took part in the survey recognised they needed help but it was concerning that many fewer reported they intended on taking steps to get help.
Want more?
Read more in The Guardian’s comprehensive coverage of the survey.

Take Action on Alcohol Advertising!

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

Alcohol in the News

Slowing WA economy leads to fall in heavy drinking
The West Australian, 23 June 2016
Researcher believe WA’s slowing economy may have contributed to a big fall in heavy drinking.

Blow for City of Bayswater in fight against liquor barn as JDAP approves building permit
Eastern Reporter, 20 June 2016
The Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) went against the City of Bayswater recommendations today and signed off on a building permit for a 942sq m liquor barn in Maylands.
Geraldton discount liquor proponent wins appeal
Geraldton Guardian, 20 June 2016
The Liquor Commission of Western Australia has upheld an appeal against a decision to deny a large discount liquor outlet in Utakarra.
Parents’ ‘risky’ drinking encourages teens
The Age, 19 June 2016
Charlotte Thompson, 13, has tried a sip of her mum’s champagne before and, frankly, “it tasted disgusting.” 
Bulk of Canberrans support 3am last drinks for bars and clubs, poll shows
ABC News, 16 June 2016
There is strong support in the Canberra community for a proposal to wind back liquor licensing to prevent bars and clubs from serving alcohol past 3:00am, according to new polling.
More middle aged women drinking alcohol to dangerous levels
Canberra Times, 13 June 2016
Middle-aged women have emerged as the new wave of problem drinkers with research revealing a rise in the number who drink dangerously. 
Opposition backs Rob Johnson plan to ban dangerous drink, drug drivers who cause death
ABC News, 12 June 2016
The West Australian Opposition is backing a proposal from Independent MP Rob Johnson for motorists who cause death while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol to be banned from the road for life.
Queensland liquor laws: shots, high-alcohol drinks banned after midnight
Herald Sun, 10 June 2016
Revellers will be able to sit on a cocktail but shots and high-alcohol premixed drinks will be banned after midnight under changes coming in from July 1.

The Facts

  1. Alcohol contributes to 44.4% of deaths due to interpersonal violence in WA.
  2. In 2011/12, 46.9% of all domestic assaults in WA and 37.2% of all non-domestic assaults were related to alcohol.
  3. Domestic violence involving alcohol was conservatively estimated to cost $46.4 million in 2005.
Source: MCAAY Factsheet: Alcohol and Violence in Australia.
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