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ACT launch of Women Want to Know

Just one week to the ACT launch of Women Want to Know on 12 August 2015 – RSVP today!

Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, will launch the Women Want To Know campaign in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), together with the release of new research from the University of Canberra which explores women’s views of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Women Want to Know encourages health professionals to discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy and provide advice that is consistent with the National Health and Medical Research Council Alcohol Guidelines. The campaign is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Innovation Fund.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 12 August

Time: 12.30pm lunch and networking opportunity. 1pm start and 2pm finish.

Venue: ACT Legislative Assembly, Reception Room, 196 London Circuit, Canberra City

RSVP to Glenis Thomas at glenis.thomas@fare.org.au or 02 6122 8600.

Check out the program at http://www.fare.org.au/wp-content/uploads/events/invitation-wwtk-act.pdf

‘Alcopop’ tax rise: a clever move?

The Rudd government has raised taxes on pre-mixed alcoholic drinks, bringing them into line with spirits.

There’s no doubt the government will be arguing it’s an important step in lowering binge drinking rates, but I’d be doubtful whether that level of taxation will in fact have much impact – in fact, it’ll be interesting to see whether the change just leads to a transfer of use from pre-mix to more traditional spirits consumption. It’d also be nice to see the extra proceeds being used to improve prevention initiatives with the demographic that consumes them.

Government has a lot of catching up to do in regard to communicating with younger age groups of alcohol. YouTube is likely to be used more and more but that is really only tokenism. A concerted social media campaign is needed but I won’t be holding my breath for that one.

ADCA endorses alcohol branding initiative

“National Peak Endorses Federal Government ‘Alcohol Branding’ Initiative

The Federal Government initiative to consider the mandating of warning labels on alcohol products firmly places binge drinking and related alcohol issues in Australia on the national agenda, the Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), David Templeman, said today.

“Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, have raised the bar by signaling their intention to place Australia’s growing alcohol-related problems on the table at this week’s meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Adelaide,” Mr Templeman said.

“COAG can bring a common and structured approach to this issue as the Government in cooperation with the States and Territories need to significantly reduce the level of alcohol abuse in Australia, especially in geographic and demographic hot spots.”

Mr Templeman said that the World Health Organization (WHO) had concluded that alcohol was the third most important avoidable cause of death and disability in developed societies like Australia.

“Given this finding, alcohol is not an ordinary commodity and should not be treated as one – Alcohol is a drug – TOO! – a commodity that is deeply entrenched in Australian society with substantial industry economic interests in production and distribution,” Mr Templeman said.

“Each year more than 3000 Australians die and another 10 000 need ongoing medical treatment through alcohol-related harm, with the annual cost in alcohol-related absenteeism being 7.5 million working days and the economic impact of its abuse some $15.3 billion.”

A recent report by Professor Robin Room and Claire Wilkinson from the Alcohol Policy Research and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne recommends that warning labels should be included on all alcoholic beverages and that they should “be graphic and attention-getting, should occupy a considerable proportion of the package surface, and should involve rotating messages.”

“The report also says that ‘given the profile of problems related to drinking, the messages should address social as well as health and injury problems, and problems for others around the drinker as well as for the actual drinker’,” Mr Templeman said. “Alcoholic beverages should also include nutritional information as part of the health information requirements.”

Mr Templeman said the tobacco industry finally accepted that appropriate branding of its products was necessary for the health of the community, and that a similar approach to alcohol warning labels must be adopted in the national interest. Sun Safe’s ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’, and the Clean-Up Australia campaign are another two programs now adhered to on a daily basis by our children.

“ADCA is determined to provide a strong voice in the current climate to help bring about positive change for all Australians,” Mr Templeman said. “We need to recognise that excessive drinking is not solely a matter of individual responsibility, and to curb this dangerous practice we need to change the norms, attitudes, policies and practices affecting high risk drinking.” ”

What are your thoughts on this initiative? If it’s even half as successful as the quoted ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ campaign then when in for some significant improvements….