Generally people drink to either increase positive emotions or decrease negative ones.
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.
The Minderoo Foundation’s video was a heavy-handed illustration of problems in some WA communities.
The trial of the cashless welfare card, to control unhealthy spending in Indigenous communities, is being expanded partly due to emotive well-funded campaigns. Meanwhile, evidence is being ignored.
Baby boomers who drink and take drugs risk a range of physical and mental problems that younger substance users don’t necessarily face.
More Australians over 50 are drinking and taking drugs than ever before. Here's why that can be a problem.
Gender is a an important determinant of mental health.
Gender is important in defining susceptibility and exposure to a number of mental health risks. Gender can also explain differences in mental health outcomes.
Has D.A.R.E. moved beyond the “just say no” days of the ‘80’s and '90’s?
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Jeff Sessions was met with considerable skepticism when he announced his desire to revive D.A.R.E. But it turns out that the current program is nothing like the ineffective D.A.R.E. of the '80's and '90's.
More than a bit of harmless fun: last year there were 247 ambulance requests for young women aged 13 to 18 in Western Australia.
A record number of underage drinkers sought urgent medical attention in Western Australia last year, and young women made up the majority.
Urine samples can pick up some types of illicit drugs but can’t say whether that drug use affects someone’s ability to look for work.
The proposal to drug test welfare recipients needs to be fine-tuned otherwise the government will be targetting the wrong people and be tied up in legal challenges.
Peter Lyndon-James turned his life around and went on to establish a private rehabilitation service in Perth.
Shalom House calls itself the 'strictest drug rehabilitation centre in the country' but evidence of its so-called success is anecdotal at best.
In Queensland, police can issue on-the-spot ten-day banning orders to patrons who engage in violent or anti-social behaviour in and around licensed venues.
Banning orders can encourage personal responsibility and demonstrate that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
The alcohol industry still makes ads appealing to youth.
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Alcohol companies used controversial marketing practices in their Super Bowl commercials – including using animals and themes that are appealing to youth.
Our friends may not like when we don’t drink because it reflects their own drinking practices.
If your friends undermine your decision not to drink, don't be offended. They’re probably just dealing with their own insecurity about their drinking.
Meet Bench Girl (you’ll have seen her before).
How the news media distorts the reality of alcohol – new findings.
Heavy drinking can cause brain changes that make you want to drink more.
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Heavy drinking causes brain changes that make you want to drink more. But using a virus to deliver a gene into specific neurons in the brain may be a way to mitigate those changes.
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.
Using activities that interest young men can encourage them to adopt healthy behaviour.
Conventional health interventions for men in poor communities who engage in risky behaviour are not effective. The solution may lie with soccer.
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?
Alcohol is cheaper off-premises.
Most risky drinking happens at home, so policies need to focus on the price of alcohol sold off-premises rather than lockout and other venue-based laws.
A recent advert for South Africa’s Castle Lager.
Removing alcohol brands as sponsors of sports events could help reduce the trend of young people drinking.
The new alcohol guidelines are just a bit of social drama acted out by the media.
Not for me, thanks.
Millions of people will probably sign up to take part in Dry January. But there are better ways to reduce your alcohol consumption.