Welcome to Alcohol Action Station edition #116
Issue no. 116
In this Issue
  • Welcome to Alcohol Action Station
  • Did you know?
  • Australia Day Survey Reveals Booze Culture
  • New Research: Effect of Short-Term Alcohol Restriction on ED Presentations
  • Alcohol Advertising Review Board Update
  • Invitation – Communities in Action: Challenging the Drinking Culture
  • What’s New on DrinkTank?
  • Let Us Know What You Think!
  • Alcohol in the Media
  • The Facts 

Welcome to Alcohol Action Station

Mrs Tonya McCusker AM, a founder of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, was recognised  in this year’s Australia Day honours as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the WA community through charitable and philanthropic roles, and to children and young people.
Mrs McCusker works with more than 100 charities a year and she and Mr McCusker have donated more than $40 million to charitable projects and not-for-profits, mostly through the McCusker Charitable Foundation. Congratulations Mrs McCusker!
Professor Gordian Fulde from Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital’s emergency department was named Senior Australian of the Year 2016 in recognition of his service as the country’s longest serving hospital ED director and for his leadership in advocating for policies to reduce alcohol harms.
Professor Fulde said he would use 2016 to encourage action on alcohol-fuelled violence. "We don't need to be drunk, injured, are fighting, whatever, spoiling it for everybody else around us because we are just obnoxious because we have had a few drinks,” he told the Huffington Post. Congratulations Professor Fulde!
Want more?
Read an interview with Mrs McCusker in The West Australian.
Read media coverage about Professor Fulde here.
Read the Australia Day 2016 Honours Lists.
Until next time,
Danica Keric, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
Megan De Piazz, Injury Control Council of WA

did you know?

Exposure to alcohol advertising influences young people’s beliefs and attitudes about drinking, and increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol and will drink more if they are already using alcohol.
Source: McCusker Centre factsheet: Alcohol Advertising and Young People.

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Australia Day Survey Reveals Booze Culture

One in seven patients attending emergency departments on Australia Day was there as a result of alcohol. In some parts of Queensland and WA, about 30% of ED visits on the day were alcohol-related, reported The Guardian.Image of emergency sign
The snapshot survey was the first to investigate the relationship between alcohol harm and our national day.
“This represents a huge and entirely unnecessary burden being placed on our already over-stretched emergency departments,” said A/Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.
She said that some of the factors contributing to excessive drinking were already well understood. These included extended trading hours, cheap prices and heavy promotion. “Clinicians are desperate for community action…We need to have a national agreement on safe trading hours. It will save lives,” she said.
Want more?
Read the media release and media coverage.

New Research: Effect of Short-Term Alcohol Restriction on ED Presentations

New research from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University shows that alcohol restriction policies have a significant impact on the rate of emergency department (ED) presentations. Image of Liang et al paper
The WA research evaluated the effect of the Good Friday and Christmas Day state-wide alcohol restrictions on alcohol-related injuries presenting at EDs. It found that the crude injury risk was considerably lower during the alcohol restriction periods compared to their control periods in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
The authors conclude that the reduced risk of alcohol-related injuries occurring on public holidays with mandatory alcohol restrictions observed in the study was likely caused by the alcohol restriction policy and its direct effect on alcohol supply.
Want more?
Read the full paper in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Alcohol Advertising Review Board Update

Check out some recent determinations in response to alcohol ad complaints from the Australian community.Image of AARB logo What can I do?
If you see an alcohol ad that concerns you, let the Alcohol Advertising Review Board know. It’s very simple - either email us, fill in the online form or phone us. All we need is a picture or link to the ad and briefly why it concerns you.
To keep up-to-date on AARB determinations, reports and interesting research, follow @AlcoholAdReview on Twitter.

Invitation – Communities in Action: Challenging the Drinking Culture

You are invited to the Local Drug Action Groups Inc. 2016 State Conference Communities in Action: Challenging the Drinking Culture on 22 April 2016, in partnership with the McCusker Centre. Image of LDAG Conference invite
The conference will include a combination of keynote speakers and plenary sessions and will leave you feeling inspired with new skills to take to your community or workplace. 
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP will deliver the keynote address. Dr Stone is a Federal Member of Parliament with a strong history of activity on a range of alcohol issues, and a particular focus on the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
We will update you with more details on the program as speakers are confirmed.
Conference registrations close on 26 February. Read more about the conference and how to register here.
We look forward to seeing you there!

What’s New on DrinkTank?

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Check out some recent posts on the alcohol blog DrinkTank.
Don’t forget to leave a comment!

Let Us Know What You Think!

We are always keen to hear from community members about issues that concern you. Image of megaphone
We are keen to include comments from community members on key alcohol-related issues in future editions. If you would like to have your say, get in touch and let us know your thoughts. If there is a topic that you would like us to discuss in future editions, let us know.
Send Danica a line at or give her a call on 9266 4132 if you would like to have a chat.

Alcohol in the News

Glenn Lazarus wants parliamentary inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence after alleged glassing of son
ABC News, 1 February 2016
Independent senator Glenn Lazarus will push for a parliamentary inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence, saying he has been spurred into action by the alleged assault of his son.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Steward believes alcohol-fuelled violence is part of Australia’s culture
ABC News, 1 February 2016
Queensland’s Police Commissioner is calling for urgent cultural change to stop the number of incidents of alcohol-fuelled violence, which he says is contributing to domestic violence.
Liquor in supermarkets? Be careful what you wish for
InDaily, 29 January 2016
Opinion: Loosening restrictions on liquor licensing may throw out the checks and balances we need to protect health and safety, argues former South Australian senior liquor licensing official Warren Lewis.
Australia Day drunks frighten parents, children away from Victorian emergency departments
Herald Sun, 28 January 2016
So many drunks crowded emergency departments on Australia Day that parents of sick children left hospitals out of fear, says a leading Victorian clinician. 
Alcohol and drug cases stretch emergency departments to the limit
The Age, 28 January 2016
Her body thrashes against the cold, hard edge of the hospital trolley.
Spend a year alcohol free for kids: Deakin experts
AJP, 28 January 2016
Deakin University health experts are calling on parents to make 2016 an alcohol free year, for their kids.
Kiama Stop Underage Drinking Project concludes
Illawarra Mercury, 28 January 2016
An initiative which sought to change attitudes towards underage drinking in Kiama has concluded, with organisers believing it has made some fundamentally positive differences.
Senior Australian of The Year Gordian Fulde applauds Newcastle’s solution to alcohol-fuelled violence
The Herald, 26 January 2016
Senior Australian of the Year, Professor Gordian Fulde, has applauded Newcastle’s pioneering efforts in establishing lockout laws to restrict licensing hours for pubs and clubs.

The Facts

Alcohol-related violence places a financial burden on the community:
  1. Nationally, police use one quarter of their budgets responding to alcohol-related incidents.
  2. In 2004-05, the social cost of alcohol-related violence (excluding costs to the criminal justice system) was estimated at $187 million. This would equate to $234 million in 2012.
  3. In 2005, alcohol-related assault costs across Australia were estimated to be $117 million. This would equate to $142 million in 2012.
  4. Domestic violence involving alcohol was conservatively estimated to cost $46.4 million in 2005. This would equate to $56.5 million in 2012.
Source: Alcohol and Violence in Australia [factsheet]. McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, February 2014. 
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