Dry July 2017

In July, an average of 11,181 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. No one asks for cancer, so we’re asking Aussies to help, and go Dry this July to raise funds for people affected by cancer.

Funds raised through Dry July go towards cancer support organisations across Australia, to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing.

Learn more from https://www.dryjuly.com

Harmed, drunk and dangerous: Aussies link alcohol to family and domestic violence

Do Aussies link alcohol with family and domestic violence? from FAREAustralia on Vimeo.

A staggering majority (92%) of Australians believe alcohol is linked to family and domestic violence.
That finding mirrors Australians’ attitudes to alcohol more broadly, with new polling revealing Aussies are concerned about and impacted by alcohol harm, and they are suspicious and deeply cynical about the alcohol industry.
Now in its eighth year, the ‘Annual alcohol poll 2017: Attitudes and behaviours’ found almost eight in ten (78%) of respondents believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking, and a growing majority (81%) think more should be done to reduce alcohol harm.
Each year the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) national alcohol poll provides valuable trend data and insights into community perspectives on alcohol.
2017 was the first year in which Australians were asked if they perceived a link between alcohol and family and domestic violence.
FARE Chief Executive Michael Thorn is not surprised by the poll’s findings, but says it should act as a wake-up call to governments that have been too slow to take action.
“The evidence showing alcohol’s involvement in family and domestic violence is not in dispute, and for an even longer time we’ve had the anecdotal proof as well. The public, whether witnessing this first-hand or through the media, clearly understands and acknowledges the link, with a majority of those (80%) calling on governments to step up and address the problem,” Mr Thorn said.
Conducted by Galaxy Research, the 2017 poll once again confirms the alcohol industry’s poor reputation.
A minority of Australians say they could trust information provided by the alcohol industry on responsible drinking (40%), drinking during pregnancy (27%), underage drinking (24%) and the health benefits of certain alcohol products (16%).
Mr Thorn says the Australian community has a healthy level of scepticism about the alcohol industry.
“It is no exaggeration to say Aussies are deeply suspicious and justifiably critical when it comes to the alcohol industry. They don’t trust what the industry says and they recognise its poor corporate behaviour. Fifty seven per cent of Australians say the alcohol industry targets people under the age of 18 years, and the majority, 74 per cent of Australians, believe the alcohol industry should pay for reducing the alcohol harm it causes, and rightly so,” Mr Thorn said.
In 2017, Australians reported getting drunk in larger numbers than ever before. The proportion of Australians who drink to get drunk increased to 44 per cent (up from 37% in 2016 and 34% in 2015). Wine remains the country’s alcoholic drink of choice (29%), beating out regular strength beer (21%).
For the first time since 2010, we also asked Australians why they had increased or decreased their consumption of alcohol over the past 12 months.
Peer pressure, stress, and depression led many to drink more, with 30 per cent needing to drink to feel happy or overcome depression, 29 per cent feeling more stressed, and 29 per cent of respondents influenced by the increased alcohol consumption of friends and family.
In contrast, people’s wallets, waistlines and wellness concerns caused many to drink less, with 49 per cent of this group wanting to improve their health, 24 per cent citing weight concerns and 23 per cent stating they could not afford to drink as much as the reason for a decrease in their alcohol consumption.
The 2017 Poll has once again highlighted the extent of alcohol harm in the Australian community.
One third of Australians (35%) indicated they have been affected by alcohol-related violence (up from 29% in 2016), with 48 per cent of these indicating they have been affected by alcohol-related violence in the last 12 months.
One in five (21%) parents with a child under 18 reported that their child has been harmed or put at risk of harm due to someone else’s drinking (consistent with 23% in 2016).
Mr Thorn says this is the serious and very troubling face of the national poll.
“It’s a damning indictment of this country’s toxic relationship with alcohol when we have more than a third of Australians affected by alcohol-related violence. These troubling findings are really a reflection of the extent of alcohol harm in Australia; the 15 lives lost and 430 hospitalisations caused by alcohol every single day,” Mr Thorn said.
In 2017 the poll again looked at the impact of alcohol advertising on children, with 77 per cent of parents reporting their child under the age of 18 has been exposed to alcohol advertising (up from 71% in 2016).
Almost half of parents indicated that their child has been exposed to alcohol advertising at a supermarket or shopping centre (49%), while outside on the street (billboards/posters) (45%), through the radio, television or cinema (43%), or at a licensed venue (restaurant or club) (42%).
More than two thirds (68%) of Australians support placing a ban on alcohol advertising on television before 8.30pm, consistent with 2016 (70%) and a majority of Australians (55%) believe alcohol sponsorship should not be allowed at sporting events (down from 60% in 2016).
Mr Thorn says Australia’s major sporting codes continue to find themselves out of step with community attitudes and expectations when it comes to alcohol advertising and sport.
“It is very clear that on this issue Australians overwhelmingly support booze free sport. Exposure to alcohol advertising is harmful to children, and we will continue to represent the Australian community and fight for an end to alcohol sponsorship in sport,” Mr Thorn said.
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Powerful Australian cancer and alcohol advertisement ranked best in the world

A graphic advertisement which shows how alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, increasing the risk of cancerous cell mutations in the liver, bowel and throat, has been found to be the most effective alcohol education advertisement internationally, according to a new study.
The study, published in British Medical Journal Open, tested 83 alcohol education advertisements from around the world and found that Western Australian advertisement ‘Spread’ was most likely to motivate drinkers to reduce their alcohol consumption.
The advertisement demonstrates that alcohol is carcinogenic, which Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said is still widely unknown in the community.
Read further from Cancer Council Victoria
Research “Features of alcohol harm reduction advertisements that most motivate reduced drinking among adults: an advertisement response study

Alcohol and cancer infographic

There’s a reason we are told to eat, exercise and do otherwise everything else in moderation. Doing things in moderation keeps us from overdoing whatever our task or desire at hand is. This also goes for drinking. For most people, one or two drinks every now and then is a safe amount of alcohol in one’s life. It’s when we overindulge with alcohol that problems arise. Now, as if to further engrain the dangers of consuming too much alcohol, scientists have currently found that excess drinking can lead to cancer. Here is an infographic on the connection between alcohol and cancer.
Source: BLVD Centers


Addressing High-Risk Drinking to Reduce Cancer Burden in Wisconsin

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is pleased to share a new infographic, “Addressing High-Risk Drinking to Reduce Cancer Burden in Wisconsin” just in time for April and Alcohol Awareness Month! Alcohol has been shown to cause at least 7 different cancers, yet high-risk drinking remains a major problem in the state. Decreasing high-risk drinking is a priority of the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020 and a goal within the WI Cancer Council Policy Agenda.
Source: WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

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