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Fortitude Valley is unique in Australia for its concentration of live music venues, like The Valley Drive In, in one small neighbourhood. The Valley Drive In/Facebook

Tighter alcohol licensing hasn’t killed live music, but it’s harder for emerging artists

The good news is that the growth of live music continued under Queensland's liquor licensing reforms. The bad news is that venues rely on late-night alcohol sales to cover costs.
The clearest change following the introduction of 24-hour public transport was that people were observed to be getting more intoxicated. bbernard/Shutterstock

All-night public transport hasn’t reduced alcohol-related harm in Melbourne

A program aimed at getting people home safely has cost A$300 million but has had little impact, aside from increased intoxication in CBD venues. Rates of assaults and road crashes are much the same.
Ultimately, just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption while breastfeeding. (Shutterstock)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while breastfeeding?

Does beer help a new mother's milk come in? Does 'pumping and dumping' allow you to drink and breast-feed? A doctor sorts the evidence from the myth.
If most of your peer group is experimenting with substances, you will almost certainly be offered them. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation

How hard is it to say ‘no’ to drugs?

While the majority of teenagers don't take illicit drugs, there's still a chance you might be offered them. Here's how to say no, according to an expert.
We previously thought moderate drinking could be good for our health. There’s now evidence that says the opposite. From shutterstock.com

Health check: is moderate drinking good for me?

Evidence that people who drink moderately are healthier is probably influenced by many other health and lifestyle factors. We're now seeing that even modest amounts of alcohol could impact our health.
Research out of the US tested different varieties of beer and wine for the presence of glyphosate – but there’s lots to consider when interpreting the findings. From shutterstock.com

Research Check: do we need to worry about glyphosate in our beer and wine?

The amount of alcohol you'd have to drink before glyphosate posed even a negligible risk would harm you well before the glyphosate would.

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