[cutting] ‘Youth-led revolution’: Aussie teens are abstaining from alcohol, study finds | IB Times

‘Youth-led revolution’: Aussie teens are abstaining from alcohol, study finds

Nearly 70% of [Australian] teens said they had already drunk a full glass of alcohol in 2000. That figure had dropped to 45% in 2015.

Source: www.ibtimes.com.au/youth-led-revolution-aussie-teens-are-abstaining-alcohol-study-finds-1563699

Alcohol cancer labelling advocates unfazed by Yukon threats

Legal threats of the kind which abruptly halted the first trial of cancer warning labels in Canada’s Yukon territory before Christmas are not altering plans elsewhere.

Measures proposed last month in Australia call for “readable, impactful” warning labels. And Gerald Nash, an Irish senator, introduced an amendment to a recent alcohol bill to include cancer warnings.

“Given the strength and level of support expressed in the Senate, I expect that the bill will receive the same level of support when it moves to the Dàil [Ireland’s Lower House],” Nash told Alcohol Companion.

Donal Buggy of the Irish Cancer Society says he is confident, “The public health imperative for inclusion of cancer-specific labelling warnings will prevail over the narrow sectoral interests of the alcohol industry.”

Legal threats are “not an issue” in Australia, says Michael Thorn, head of Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education: “Australia took it up to the tobacco industry on plain packaging and won.”

The initial focus of Thorn’s efforts will be to  secure mandated warning labels on the dangers of drinking while pregnant, paving the way for others. This might happen in the next 18 months, he says.

In Ireland, meanwhile, one seasoned observer suggests public support for the alcohol bill would mean any attempt by the alcohol industry to stand in its way would be a “PR disaster”.

The next phase of alcohol industry resistance there seems more likely to be quibbling about the format and wording of warning labels than whether they appear.

It is currently unclear whether the Yukon trial will restart. 

[summary] Australia’s draft alcohol strategy proposes minimum pricing

Draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026, key proposals:

  • Introduce a minimum price for alcohol
  • Volumetric taxation of alcohol, as recommended by the Henry Tax Review in 2010
  • “Readable, impactful” health-related warning labels
  • A single national advertising code protecting children from exposure
  • Reduce young people’s alcohol advertising exposure, including in sport and on the internet
  • Control alcohol promotion to protect at-risk groups, including youth and dependent drinkers
  • Increase screening, assessment, referral and treatment

Source: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/55E4796388E9EDE5CA25808F00035035/$File/Consultation%20Draft%20National%20Alcohol%20Strategy%202018-2026.pdf

[cutting] Alcohol lobby in Australia says ads don’t make young people drink more | Guardian

The executive director of Alcohol Beverages Australia, Fergus Taylor, told an inquiry [in New South Wales] on Friday research had found only an “association” between consumption and advertising. … Taylor told the inquiry there was no proven causal relationship between advertising and consumption.

Source: www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/01/alcohol-lobby-says-ads-dont-make-young-people-drink-more


Note: Is it likely that alcohol producers would spend billions making their brands more visible and attractive if it did not boost  consumption of their products? Profit-oriented shareholders would be right to complain about such waste. Given that the claim goes against the practical experience of anyone who has any practical experience of marketing, should it not carry the burden of proof?

[cutting] Goblet of fire: how spat-out wine is being turned into spirits | Guardian

Spit buckets containing 500 litres of discarded wine give Tasmanian distiller an idea on sustainability … After 12 months at Poor Tom’s gin distillery in Marrickville, the spit bucket wine has been transformed into an 80-proof clear spirit that tastes something like an unaged brandy. It is, reportedly, quite nice.

Source: www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/24/goblet-of-fire-how-spat-out-wine-is-being-turned-into-spirits

[cutting] Drinking during conception could increase child obesity, study shows | ABC

University of Queensland PhD student Emily Dorey said the studies, done on rats, found male offspring conceived while their mother was affected by alcohol were more likely to seek a high fat diet in later life.

Source: www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-14/women-alcohol-conception-uq-study-brisbane/9148766

[cutting] Should parents give their kids alcohol to control drinking? | ABC

Tina Lam from Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute who is investigating risky drinking in young people told ABC Radio Perth that surveys of drinking behaviour at Schoolies events (known as Leavers Week in Western Australia) showed teenagers did not limit themselves to drinking the alcohol they got from their parents.

Source: thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2017/11/01/parents-kids-alcohol-control-drinking/

[cutting] Australian senator David Leyonhjelm wants alcohol added to the government’s controversial welfare drug testing trial | Buzzfeed

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has called on the government to test for booze as well as illegal drugs in its controversial welfare testing—but said thresholds should be introduced to let people with low substance levels stay on welfare.

Source: www.buzzfeed.com/aliceworkman/david-leyonhjelm-wants-alcohol-added-to-the-governments?utm_term=.krGvlMqGJn

[cutting] Australia failing to stop alcohol ads reaching children, experts say | Guardian

“What is it going to take to build the consensus among politicians about the harms of alcohol advertising that has been built around tobacco marketing? Yes, alcohol is a different product and there are more mixed messages around it but alcohol is more similar to tobacco than it is to something like laundry powder. And governments have decided that children being exposed to tobacco products is not a good thing.”—Dr David Jernigan, director of the US Centre on Alcohol Marketing and Youth and and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Australia failing to stop alcohol ads reaching children, experts sayCalls for tougher regulation of industry and closure of loophole that allows alcohol advertising during televised sport

Source: www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/04/australia-ignoring-power-to-stop-alcohol-ads-reaching-children-experts-say

[cutting] Major project underway to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Australia | ABC

A multi-million-dollar project aiming to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is set to begin in Newcastle and Alice Springs. … A consortium led by Telethon Kids Institute has secured $2.7m in federal funding over three years for their Make FASD History program.

Source: www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-03/project-underway-to-prevent-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder/9001350