The science shows that it's not just how much you drink, it's what you drink it with.
The Victorian reformer was something of an expert on the "nanny state".
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.
Millions of people will probably sign up to take part in Dry January. But there are better ways to reduce your alcohol consumption.
Why does drinking too much leave you feeling so rotten?
Chemically, alcohol is a very simple molecule; however, its effects on the brain are quite complex.
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.
When it comes to getting us to quaffing less, the bottle of plonk is a surprisingly awkward customer.
The rate of risky drinking among young people is decreasing, while risky drinking among older adults is increasing.
The reality of the market is that most wine industry sales are very simple and bulk oriented. People are interested in wine being cheap, and tasting reasonably good. So why is the language so flowery?
Australian regulations are inadequate to protect children and adolescents from alcohol advertising.
Most sports fans will enjoy a drink or a flutter during the Rugby World Cup, but the sport should not encourage risky behaviour.
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.
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.
Why alcohol policy will never keep up with the marketers.
The relationship between alcohol and violence is complex, and dramatic changes to criminal laws to punish intoxicated offenders are often ineffective, unfair or both.
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.
With South Africa's consumption levels higher than the worldwide average, interventions to change the country's drinking habits are critical.
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.
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.