Alcohol is a major public health issue. Harmful alcohol consumption contributes to a concerning range of immediate and longer-term harms, both as a result of a person’s own drinking and the drinking of others. For example, alcohol plays a role in more than 200 different chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, nutrition-related conditions, cirrhosis, and overweight and obesity.
The level of harm from alcohol in Australia – harm that is preventable – is cause for substantial concern and should be the focus of urgent action by governments at all levels. Strong community support exists for a range of policy initiatives to address harm from alcohol.
PHAIWA has established action on alcohol as a priority. Addressing alcohol-related harm requires a comprehensive approach, including:
- Reducing young people’s exposure to alcohol advertising and promotion
- Addressing alcohol availability and access
- Price controls and taxation
- Well-funded, sustained and evidence-based public education
- Compulsory school-based alcohol and other drug education
- Enforcement of liquor laws
- Measures to prevent drink driving
- Support for research and appropriate services
- Support for work with Indigenous organisations and communities
PHAIWA’s activities to address alcohol-related harm are led by the Alcohol Programs Team. Click here to visit the team’s website for more information about our activities and projects.
PHAIWA’s other projects and resources include:
- Alcohol Management Guidelines PHAIWA, together with Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) has developed the Alcohol Management Guidelines for Local Government. To read the guidelines click here.
- Alcohol Sponsorship in Sport PHAIWA is calling for an end to alcohol sponsorship in sport, and for a removal of alcohol advertisements from sport telecasts. Read more about our work in this area here.
The Alcohol Programs Team
Abbie-Clare is a Research Officer with the Alcohol Programs Team at PHAIWA, where she supports a number of projects. Also working as a Project Officer with the broader PHAIWA team, Abbie-Clare has been responsible for updating PHAIWA’s Advocacy in Action Toolkit, producing PHAIWA’s map of the top ten food companies operating in Australia, and conducting research and advocacy in the fields of nutrition, obesity, sports sponsorship and local government.
Currently completing her Honours in Public Health, Abbie-Clare is passionate about advocacy, nutrition, alcohol, obesity prevention and the ways in which environmental factors and industry influence effect health.
To contact Abbie-Clare, email email@example.com or phone 9266 9080 (Tues-Wed).
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Hannah Pierce is a Senior Research Officer with the Alcohol Programs Team at PHAIWA. She has been with the team for eight years, and her work focuses on advocating for stronger regulation of alcohol marketing in Australia. She coordinates the Alcohol Advertising Review Board, an advocacy project which allows community members to voice their concerns about alcohol advertising.
Hannah is interested in the influence of unhealthy industries on public health policy. She is currently the President of the WA Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia and is completing a Master of Health Law through the University of Sydney.
To contact Hannah, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 9266 7117.