Alcohol use is traditionally higher among men than women but new evidence suggests this is changing.
Women are catching up to men in rates of alcohol consumption and this has important implications for how we think about our community response to harmful alcohol use.
Alcohol is a big part of our culture, but how do you know if you’re drinking too much?
It's important to know the recommendations on drinking to ensure we're not drinking too much for our own health and for the safety of others.
Germans like beer, French people wine and Italians coffee. Right?
Just a slight thirst could affect your brain.
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Feeling thirsty could be affecting your brain function more than you realise.
Jefferson County Sheriff Cadet Andrew Sevitts directs traffic as police stop drivers to see if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at a mobile Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint in Golden, Colorado in 2008.
Research suggests lower blood alcohol concentration limits and interventions like ignition interlocks can make a big difference.
Technology can help cut your alcohol use.
Smartphone apps can help people cut back on the amount of alcohol they drink. But is it nagging apps or gentle persuiasion that people prefer?
The regulation of drinking has helped create precisely the violent, misogynistic and law-breaking culture that it was intended to control.
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Since the earliest days of British colonisation, authorities have sought to limit the problems associated with alcohol by licensing its sale and limiting the times and places where it is drunk.
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attacks, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease. And in the developing world, it is on the rise.
Not all pre-loading and drinking home alone.
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British drinking culture isn't just bingeing.
A zero-tolerance alcohol approach is unlikely to influence irresponsible behaviour.
A zero tolerance approach is unlikely to curb the behaviour of individuals who choose to drink then drive.
Some children drink alcohol. This study of 11-year-olds looked at how parents' drinking might influence behaviour.
If the only liquid you consume is alcoholic, you’ll become dehydrated, especially in warmer climates.
Why does drinking too much leave you feeling so rotten?
We need to talk about booze.
When most of us are asked to imagine an alcoholic and they probably think of a middle-aged straight man. But new research highlights the risks of heavy drinking on the gay scene.
A scene from the past.
Britain’s night-time economy appears to be in a state of decline if recent headlines are anything to go by. Nearly half of the UK’s clubs have closed their doors in the past decade and pubs are closing…
After all the unsuccessful years of educating us about drinking units, maybe it's time to start giving the advice in bottles, glasses and pints.
No one asked us about these.
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Why the amount of retail sales of alcohol doesn't add up to how much we drink.
Teenage drinking in Australia has declined dramatically over the past fifteen years.
Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic.
It’s simply easier to say others are flawed than admit
you might be the one who is flawed.
A majority of Australians agree we have a problem with alcohol. But almost all say that it’s not a problem of theirs – it’s a problem that exists somewhere outside of their world.
New models of recovery schools are offering hope for kids with addiction.
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Teen drug abuse is a real problem with 46% of high school students hooked on some addictive substance. Recovery high schools are offering a new model of treatment.
On the lash in Germany, 500 years ago.
Barthel Beham, ‘Village Fair’ (German single-leaf woodcut, c. 1530).
Autumn is awash with alcohol, and not just because of the new vintage. Oktoberfest plays a part, too, the 16-day festival in Munich that we associate with massive beer mugs and plenty of debauchery. Its…