Drinking Rethink

Christians need to rethink their use of alcohol if they want to be a salt and light in the world, according to an article by Marolin Watson published in Christian Today. For story: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/when.is.a.drug.not.a.drug/26919.htm

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POSTED 30 Oct 2010
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Drinking Age

The Seventh Day Adventists are calling on the Australian Govt to raise the legal age for purchasing and drinking alcohol to 21. The Adventists strongly discourage drinking among its members. A 214 page report entitled “The Range and Magnitude of Alcohol’s Harm to Others” (August, 2010) by the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation, documents the magnitude of the harm that alcohol consumption inflicts on Australian communities. Numerous surveys conducted in Australia over the past 10 years reveal:

  • the proportion of teenagers drinking at least weekly was around 22%;
  • more than a quarter (26.3%) of 14-19-year-olds put themselves at risk of alcohol-related harm in the short term at least once a month during the previous 12 months; higher among females of this age (28.3%) than males (24.5%).

For Adventist article: http://ausprayernet.org.au/newsletter/DisplayNewsletter.php?e_id=00000002048#st2

http://www.aerf.com.au/Harm_to_Others_Full_Report_with-errata.pdf

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POSTED 13 Oct 2010
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Drinking Pregnant

WA women’s interests minister Robyn McSweeney has launched a campaign coinciding with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, urging women to avoid drinking during pregnancy

For McSweeney’s press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=133982

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POSTED 17 Sep 2010
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Drug & Alcohol Symposium

More than 300 people gathered in Fremantle on Aug 31, 2010 for the 7th Western Australian Symposium; ‘Hope, Hype or Hard Evidence: Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice in the New Millennium’. Opening the event, Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs said up to one-third of people with mental health problems experienced issues with alcohol and drugs. For more: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=133921

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POSTED 6 Sep 2010
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NT Intervention

The ‘2009 Survey of Government Business Managers relating to the Impact of the Northern Territory Emergency Response’, conducted by TNS Social Research, has been released. It measures the opinions of Government Business Managers in 62 Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) communities and five prescribed town camps. The findings showed that 32% believed the level of violence has decreased since the intervention started in 2007. The survey also found that many reported that there has been a decrease in petrol sniffing. An earlier survey reported in Gleanings in January indicated that the health of the aboriginals in the NT has improved since the intervention. From July 1, the Racial Discrimination Act will be reapplied in the Northern Territory. The Racial Discrimination Act was put aside for the intervention so that alcohol and pornography restrictions could be applied in communities which were experiencing high levels of violence.

For more on the survey results: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/nter_report_22june10.aspx

For the January Indigenous Health results: http://christiangleanings.com/2010/01/indigenous-health/

On the re-applying of the Racial Discrimination Act: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2010/pages/jm_m_rda_22june2010.aspx

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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Mixed Messages

On Feb 14 Perth hosted the Good Vibrations Festival. The festival has also been held in Sydney and will be held in the Gold Coast and Melbourne this weekend. Sponsoring the event was alcohol companies Jagermeister, Smirnoff and Tiger Beer. Addiction campaigners have condemned the sponsorship of youth events such as the Big Day Out by alcohol companies. The Australian Drug Foundation, Saltshakers and Melbourne addiction specialist Jon Currie believe the new trend of alcohol company sponsorship of youth events undermined the work done to educate people about the dangers of alcohol. It also goes against the advertising code which says it is wrong to promote alcohol to people under the legal drinking age.

Action: Saltshakers is calling on the government to ban the sponsorship of such events for young people by alcohol companies. They ask that you let the premier of your State and PM Rudd know that you share these concerns. Contact PM Rudd: http://www.pm.gov.au/PM_Connect/Email_your_PM

WA, Colin Barnett: wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au or Cottesloe@mp.wa.gov.au

TAS, David Bartlett, premier.tas.gov.au or premier@dpac.tas.gov.au or the online contact form: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/contact

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POSTED 19 Feb 2010
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Drinking Age

Kevin Rudd has said he is in favour of raising the legal drinking age to 21. An online poll on Perth now received 4185 votes by Fri Feb19 of which 63% were in favour of raising the drinking age.

To vote and to read the story: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/prime-minister-kevin-rudd-wants-legal-drinking-age-raised-to-21/story-e6frg12c-1225828139222

http://www.watoday.com.au/national/experts-toast-pms-drinking-preference-20100209-noj2.html

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POSTED 19 Feb 2010
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Drinking Age

The federal Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, has rejected a call from the Prime Minister’s advisory body on drugs to consider lifting the drinking age from 18 to 19.

The Australian National Council on Drugs declared that there was evidence that lifting the legal drinking age decreased the number of young people drinking alcohol and being harmed as a result.

For more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/drinking-age-wont-change-20091213-kqhu.html

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POSTED 11 Jan 2010
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Drug Treatment

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the number of treatments for drug abuse rose by 1000 to 18,705 in 2007-08. 41% was for alcohol abuse, 26% amphetamines, 14% cannabis.

For report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10763

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POSTED 11 Jan 2010
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Drinking Age

The Christian Democratic Party is joining other groups in calling for an increase in the drinking age. The West Australian (Nov 19, p7 “push to lift legal drinking age”) reported that some were calling for the age to be raised to 19. In NSW, CDP’s leader Rev Fred Nile is calling for a 0% blood alcohol level for all drivers under the age of 21.

For West story: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/6489751/push-to-lift-legal-drinking-age-to-19/

You can answer the West Poll which asks: Do you agree with a suggestion to increase the drinking age to 19? As at Nov 26, 4435 votes had been received. 71% were in favour of raising the drinking age to 19.

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POSTED 27 Nov 2009
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