Alcohol

    Introduction

    Alcohol is a major public health issue. Alcohol harm in Australia is significant. More than 5,500 lives are lost every year and more than 157,000 people are hospitalised making alcohol one of our nation’s greatest preventative health challenges.

    PHAIWA works alongside the McCusker Centre for Alcohol and Youth but deals mainly with alcohol and adults.

    PHAIWA is currently revising the Managing Alcohol in Our Communities: A Guide for Local Government. This resource will complement the existing Planners Guide for Managing Alcohol which can be accessed by contacting WALGA.


    PHAIWA Projects and Resources


    Alcohol Management Guidelines

    PHAIWA together with WALGA and MHC are developing the Alcohol Management Guidelines for Local Government. 


    Alcohol Sponsorship in Sport

    PHAIWA is advocating to stop alcohol sponsorship in sport, and to remove alcohol advertisements from live sport telecasts. Read more about our work in this area here.


    Election Promise

    Leading up to the 2017 State election, the opposition health spokesman Roger Cook said the ban would cover all public transport authority property, including buses, train stations and bus stops, where close to 25% of ads were for alcohol. He stated that research has consistently shown that there is a direct link between exposure of alcohol advertising and alcohol consumption. We have a responsibility to our children and the wider community to reduce the amount to which they are exposed to alcohol advertising.


    Alcohol Harm by Electorate

    In early 2017, Curtin University released a study into alcohol-related harm in WA’s 59 Lower House electoral districts found 415 police-recorded serious assaults in 2010-13 in the southern suburbs district, which includes Attadale and Bicton. Serious assaults are murders, manslaughter, aggravated assaults and driving causing death.

    The electorate of Perth was the worst, with 1709 reports of alcohol-caused serious assaults.

    There were 548 reports in Fremantle, 514 in Victoria Park and 475 in Belmont.

    Bicton ranked fifth in the metropolitan area. Bassendean, Mirrabooka, Midland, Burns Beach and Armadale made up the top 10 electorates.

    The worst regional electorate for alcohol-fuelled violence was the Kimberley, with 1234 serious assaults, then the Pilbara and Kalgoorlie.

    To access this report click here.

    To visit the McCusker Centre for Alcohol and Young People to go: https://mcaay.org.au/


    Global Alcohol Conference 2017 (by Melissa Stoneham)

    I attended the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) 2017 in Melbourne during the first week of October. Organised by FARE, the PHAA and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance, this conference  showcased the latest research and developments from Australia and beyond in the field of alcohol policy. The Conference started with addresses from the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Professor Sally Casswell of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance and Dag Rekve of the World Health Organisation, who highlighted that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is now recognised as an alcohol-attributable disease in the WHO global burden of disease figures.  

    Sessions at the Conference covered the many areas of alcohol policy, including issues such as increasing advertising and marketing regulations, industry tactics to subvert health advocates and alcohol policy makers, alcohol violence, moving towards minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks and increasing public awareness of the link between drinking and non-communicable diseases. Dr Bronwyn King, an Oncologist and tobacco control advocate noted how the majority of women she treats for breast cancer are unaware of the link between the disease and alcohol consumption. Dr King and many other presenters noted the policy parallels between the unhealthy commodities of tobacco, alcohol and processed unhealthy foods, calling for a united front to powerful industry forces in order to coherently tackle NCDs.

    Senator Richard Di Natale chaired the plenary ‘Influencing those in power’, and spoke candidly about how the susceptibility of government to industry lobbyists and tactics has resulted in a pay-for-policy situation. Senator Di Natale urged delegates to make a submission to the Inquiry by the Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations.

    On Thursday delegates were treated to an oration by June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Ms Oscar discussed lessons learned in developing alcohol policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the impossibility of closing the gap without addressing alcohol abuse, and the need for a middle ground between blanket restrictions and actively facilitating harmful drinking behaviours.

    For a wrap up of day one, take a look at this short video featuring our Director, Dr Mel Stoneham and PHAA National President, Michael Moore: https://vimeo.com/236700


    Calling last drinks for the alcohol industry – news from #GAPC2017

    To read Richard Di Natale’s blog as featured on Croakey, click here.


    FARE

    The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education supports communities, contributes to building evidence, and encourages action to prevent alcohol-related harms. It provides national funding rounds that have supported 750 organisations around the country in the areas of:

    • research
    • public education and prevention campaigns
    • community partnerships
    • training and mentoring
    • organisational capacity enhancement
    • capital improvements and refurbishments
    • treatment and rehabilitation programs and services.

    FARE is currently running a campaign to advocate for booze free sport and calling for unhealthy alcohol sponsors to be phased out from professional sports. Get involved at http://fare.org.au/boozefreesport/

    To visit the FARE website click here.


    Alcohol Resources

    Alcohol Advertising Review Board

    Alcohol Think Again

    Alcohol-Alcohol

    National Drug Research Institute

    Drink Wise

    National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

    Alcohol and Drug Foundation


    Tobacco

    Factors influencing reductions in smoking among Australian adolescents

    A continued increase in the proportion of adolescents who never smoke, as well as an understanding of factors that influence reductions in smoking among this susceptible population, is crucial. The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control provides an appropriate structure to briefly examine Australian and New South Wales policies and programs that are influencing reductions in smoking among adolescents in Australia. This paper provides an overview of price and recent tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco, the evolution of smoke-free environment policies, changes to tobacco labelling and packaging, public education campaigns, and restrictions to curb tobacco advertising. It also discusses supply reduction measures that limit adolescents’ access to tobacco products. Consideration is given to emerging priorities to achieve continued declines in smoking by Australian adolescents.

    Read more here.


    This in focus report was released on 8th December 2016 and published by the AIHW. The report looks at tobacco smoking rates by Primary Health Network areas.


    Tobacco Resources

    Australian Council on Smoking and Health

    Quit Now

    Department of Health Tobacco

    Smarter Than Smoking

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