Welcome to Alcohol Action Station #81
Issue no. 81
In this Issue
  • Welcome to Alcohol Action Station
  • Did you know?
  • Event Invitation: Leavers 2014 – KeepING Young People Safe
  • Drunkenness In Young People Is A Reflection Of Adult Drinking
  • Action Station: New Alcohol Resource Available 
  • What’s new on DrinkTank?
  • Seen An Alcohol Ad That Concerns You?
  • Alcohol in the Media
  • The Facts 

Welcome to Alcohol Action Station

Is it time we warned drinkers about the risks of cancer? Research from WA says it is.
An alarming 90% of men and 81% of women believe they can drink alcohol every day without affecting their health, despite an extensive evidence base which shows otherwise.
Labelling cans and bottles with health warnings is one way of raising awareness of the risks of alcohol, say Professors Simone Pettigrew and David Glance in their article on The Conversation. But the current warnings don’t go far enough to show the risks from alcohol to cancer.  
Researchers from Curtin University, UWA and Cancer Council WA investigated how the public would respond to cancer warnings and which messages would be most effective in getting the information across.
Those surveyed found the messages about the risk of alcohol and cancer to be believable, convincing and personally relevant. This suggests these messages could help inform consumers about the true risks involved in drinking, especially large amounts regularly. The results also showed that there would not be any significant backlash if this type of labelling is introduced.
Drinkers should be able to make informed decisions about whether and how much to drink. To do this, we need to regulate alcohol labelling and include more targeted and relevant health warnings on alcohol drinks (including messages about cancer and alcohol).
The Federal Government recently decided to give the alcohol industry another 2 years to implement voluntary health warning labels (which were found to be vague and ineffective). However, this research will inform stronger approaches to labelling in the future.
Want more?
Read The Conversation article and the full study report.
Until next time,
Danica Keric, McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth
Megan DePiazz, Injury Control Council WA

did you know?

Strong alcohol policy, including increased price and reduced availability of alcohol, is associated with reduced binge drinking among adults.
Source: Xuan et al. 2014. The alcohol policy environment and policy subgroups as predictors of binge drinking measures among US adults. Am J Public Health.

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Event Invitation: Leavers 2014 – Keeping Young People Safe

School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) will present a forum for parents to help prepare their child for leavers celebrations.
Speakers will include Paul Dillon – a Sydney-based alcohol and drugs expert, WA Police, Kylie Catto – the WA Council of State School Organisations President, and Samantha Menezes – a WA secondary supply laws campaigner. 

Leavers Event flyerThe forum will be facilitated by Gary Adshead, 6PR Morning Show host. 
Parents will learn:
  • How to prepare your child for leavers celebrations
  • The real picture of drug and alcohol use by young people in WA
  • The importance of preventive education to safe partying
  • Strategies for dealing with leavers who are old enough to buy alcohol.
Date and time:  Wednesday 17 September 2014, 7pm-8.15pm
                             Refreshments served from 6.30pm
Where:                Mount Lawley Golf 
                             1 Walter Road West, Inglewood
Find out more here. 

Drunkenness In Young People Is A Reflection Of Adult Drinking

High levels of drinking in adults are directly indicative of adolescent drunkenness, suggests a survey of more than 140,000 adolescents surveyed across 37 countries.
Other key findings include:
  • Risky drinking in adults was associated with adolescent drunkenness
  • The more adults abstained from drinking, the less likely young people were to have ever been drunk
  • Weak regulation of alcohol availability and alcohol advertising were associated with weekly drinking by adolescents.
“Making alcohol less available and banning alcohol advertising may be effective strategies to reduce frequent drinking, whereas changed norms and drinking patterns in the adult population may help to reduce the prevalence of drunkenness,” conclude the study authors.
Want more?
Read the full report here. 

Action Station: New Alcohol Resource Available

NDAK answer to a questionDo you have an alcohol question you want answered?
It has likely already been answered in a new online resource called the National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase!
The website was developed by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction and has general alcohol info, info about drinking patterns in Australia, alcohol and employment, alcohol and health, crime and violence, treatment and young people.

On the side is an example of a question that has been answered on the website. 
Check it out today!


What’s new on DrinkTank?


Check out some recent blogs on the DrinkTank website. Check out DrinkTank for more and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Seen An Alcohol Ad That Concerns You? 

Seen an alcohol recently that concerned you? Contact the Alcohol Advertising Review Board! AARB
The Alcohol Advertising Review Board accepts complaints from the Australian community about alcohol ads and aims to provide an 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.
Follow the Alcohol Advertising Review Board (@AlcoholAdReview) on Twitter.

Alcohol in the Media

Canberrans urged to swap the pub for a bub
Canberra Times, 20 August 2014
Nearly one in five women drink while pregnant, but a new campaign is seeking to drive down the unhealthy statistic by encouraging Canberrans to banish the booze in support of their pregnant partners and friends.
Alcohol interlocks to become mandatory for repeat drink drivers
Cowra Guardian, 14 August 2014
Repeat drink drivers will soon face a physical barrier in their cars should they attempt to drink and drive.
Young men oblivious to brain injury risk
South Coast Register, 14 August 2014
Despite widespread media attention and public outcry about alcohol-fuelled assaults and deadly king hits in recent years, many young men still think they’re invincible and can’t get hurt in such violent attacks.
Disability ‘criminalised’ by treatment of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
The Guardian, 13 August 2014
Disability is being criminalised through the treatment of people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders within Australia’s justice system, advocates have argued at a Northern Territory inquiry.
More Tasmanians seek help for alcohol than other drugs, report shows
ABC News, 12 August 2014
The drug Tasmanians mostly seek help for is alcohol, a new report on drug treatment in Australia shows.
Dr Lynham uses opening speech to drive education and health issues
Courier Mail, 12 August 2014
Stafford MP Anthony Lynham has delivered his first speech in parliament, but there is still no movement as shadow health minister, despite his outstanding resume.
Teens dangerous drink driving habits
Caboolture News, 12 August 2014
Just when you think the drink-driving message was starting to get through, along comes a statistic to make you think we’re back in the ‘70s.
National conference examines alcohol, violence and Acquired Brain Injuries
ABC Central Victoria, 11 August 2014
An Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia, Nick Rushworth has a closer connection with Acquired Brain Injuries than most.
‘No under 18s’ restrictions lifted on two WA Liquorland stores
WA Today, 11 August 2014
Two WA liquor stores forced to ban anyone under 18 from entering have had the age restriction condition of their liquor licence removed ahead of an appeal from parent company Coles.

The Facts

  1. Lenient parental rules on alcohol predict an early start to drinking and heavy drinking among young people, whereas strict rules do the opposite.
  2. Young people with risky personalities are more likely to start drinking earlier and to become heavy drinkers than those without risky personalities. 
Source: Janssen et al. 2014. Interactions between parental alcohol-specific rules and risk personalities in the prediction of adolescent alcohol use. Alcohol and Alcoholism; 49(5): 579-585.
Alcohol Action Station aims to provide the WA community with the tools to take action to reduce harms from alcohol among young people. It is provided by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth in association with the Injury Control Council of WA. You are receiving this email because you have subscribed to receive Alcohol Action Station fortnightly e‐newsletters and urgent bulletins.

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