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Generally people drink to either increase positive emotions or decrease negative ones. from shutterstock.com

There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

There are many reasons people drink, including to have fun or cope with other problems. Knowing their motivations will allow us to tailor programs to help those who may struggle with alcohol use.
This 1980s ad for Lindeman’s Ben Ean Moselle mirrored the shift in Australian wine culture from egalitarian to aspirational. Lindeman’s (Holdings) Ltd, Z418 Box 335 27.103, Noel Butlin Archives Centre

The rise and fall of Ben Ean Moselle and what it says about Australian society

Lindeman's Ben Ean Moselle was the ultimate wine for everyone in the 1970s. But as Australia grew wealthier, its fortunes faded in competition with other, 'finer' wines.
You know you shouldn’t smoke, or have sex without a condom if you’re not with a longtime partner. And when it comes to drinking, tea only, of course. Dominik Martin/Unsplash

Must we deprive ourselves of all pleasure to stay healthy?

Quit smoking, quit drinking -- so many good resolutions for the New Year. But can the overabundance of messages on healthy living become counter-productive?
Re-examining a survey of international studies on the price of beer, any tax increase will be only half as effective as planned in reducing consumption. Andy Rain/AAP

Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

A new survey shows economic studies frequently report effects to be much larger than they actually are, leading to inflated claims about policy effectiveness and public benefit.
A time of change is upon us. How do you balance risk and reward? REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

Trust Me, I’m an Expert: Risk

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This month, we're talking risk. Three experts give their perspective on how long you might live, how to deal with loneliness – and how to step outside your comfort zone.
We’ve all heard mixing drinks can make you ill, is there any truth to this? from www.shutterstock.com

Is mixing drinks actually bad?

There are sayings like "beer before liquor, never been sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear” - here we look at the evidence behind them.
1947 - A patron of “Sammy’s Bowery Follies,” a downtown bar, sleeping at his table while the resident cat laps at his beer. Wikimedia Commons

Don’t let your pet accidentally get drunk this silly season (sorry Tiddles)

It's the season to be jolly – but don't share that jollity with your pets. Alcohol, whether in a wine glass, egg-nog or a boozy pudding, is seriously bad for our animal friends.
A recent study found people link different alcohol types to different emotional states. Photo by Mattias Diesel on Unsplash

Do different drinks make you different drunk?

Some people believe different drinks make them feel differently. But the effect alcohol has on your mood depends on factors like where you are drinking it and how you're feeling at the time.

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