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Sydney’s Kings Cross precinct has 3AM ‘last-drinks’ laws and 1:30AM lockouts for premises that serve alcohol. AAP/April Fonti

Last-drink’ laws, not lockouts, reduce alcohol-fuelled violence

As Queensland considers new laws to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in response to a one-punch death, several policy experiments that have occurred in recent years can provide valuable lessons.
Why does drinking alcohol cause us to lose our balance, our inhibitions and, in large enough doses, our lunch? Andrew/Flickr

What’s happening to us when we get drunk?

Chemically, alcohol is a very simple molecule; however, its effects on the brain are quite complex.
Children who are exposed to alcohol advertising are more likely to start drinking earlier and to drink more. Kamira/Shutterstock

Alcohol advertising has no place on our kids' screens

Australian regulations are inadequate to protect children and adolescents from alcohol advertising.
Can the two biggest beer makers combine to stem the trend in craft brewing? Reuters

Beer behemoths struggle to fend off craft brew craze

AB InBev's expected bid for SABMiller continues a trend of industry consolidation at the top, but the strong growth in craft brewing is challenging that strategy.
People who have big weekends tend to take more sickies at work. from shutterstock.com

Could a weekend of binge-drinking worsen your cold?

There's no doubt chronic alcohol abuse changes the body's infection-defence system. But here's what the research says on whether a binge-drinking weekend can make people more susceptible to illness.
The effects of alcohol vary considerably between different people. Mario Antonio Pena Zapater/Flickr

Quick fixes aren’t the answer, alcohol and violence have a complex relationship

The relationship between alcohol and violence is complex, and dramatic changes to criminal laws to punish intoxicated offenders are often ineffective, unfair or both.
The humble spread gets caught up in the home brew debate. Flickr/atl trader

Yes, you can make alcohol from Vegemite, but …

Vegemite has been used for many things over the years. But claims it was used to brew alcohol in dry Indigenous communities had many asking if that was even possible.
South Africans consume more than five billion litres of alcohol each year. The Department of Trade and Industry is introducing a new alcohol policy to change the country’s drinking habits. Sara Hylton/Reuters

What needs to be done to end South Africa’s status as a nation of heavy drinkers

With South Africa's consumption levels higher than the worldwide average, interventions to change the country's drinking habits are critical.
Gagging clauses in contracts permit purchasers of research to modify, substantially delay, or prohibit the reporting of findings. stallio/Flickr

Governments shouldn’t be able to censor research results they don’t like

Government departments often commission research to help them understand and respond to policy issues. But they impose contract conditions that threaten to undermine the integrity of the work.

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