We have sought all legitimate means including advocacy, education and just plain hard supportive and relational work, in our endeavor to help make the community, particularly the vulnerable, safer and healthier. Of course part of this proactive and protective mandate and process has been tackling the alcohol and other drug issue in our society. We are among the pioneers of community based education and advocacy in these areas, and have lobbied, laboured and lived out what has needed to be changed to make our communities safer and healthier, particularly for the young, youth and families.
As you traverse our site you'll begin to see some of what is on offer from and through the Dalgarno Institute. Join us as we seek to make our communities free and safe from the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.
In the middle of this brief by tragic foray into violence...really sad... is ONE small reference to the single biggest contributing factor to the violence...ALCOHOL. Even in this shocking context, the inability or unwillingness to 'call out' booze for the damage it is doing to our young, is at best staggeringly ironic and at worst culpably negligent. Come on people, the young need a better model and if the adult population are unwilling or sadly, unable, to stand up to give that model and keep excusing themselves from responsibility, then the emerging generation will continue in this tragic process.
The Board and Operational Team of The Dalgarno Institute
"Alcohol was banned, which wasn't a problem as Hinch hasn't drunk any since he underwent a liver transplant in the same month he was sentenced to home detention and has vowed never to again.He now enjoys alcohol-free Edenvale shiraz, chardonnay and sparkling cuvee, and jokes that people who now see him out and about tweet that they have seen him on the booze. "If you see me in a restaurant I'm not drinking alcohol," he laughs.
Hinch's biggest frustrations while detained were not being able to promote organ donation or speak to his 3AW audience. "I was the first person in Australia, possibly in the world, to be banned from using Twitter," he says.”
February 18. 2012 Herald-Sun Weekend
New Dutch healthy diet guidelines say don’t drink alcohol at all. (Health November 5, 2015)
The Dutch health council is recommending that people abstain from alcohol altogether or drink no more than one glass per day. Previously women are advised to drink no more than one glass and men two on a daily basis. The council has published new recommendations on ensuring a healthy diet and says more than one alcoholic drink raises the risk of strokes and various forms of cancer. The health benefits of drinking wine, for example, do not outweigh the negatives, the council says.
For those who are still concerned about ‘evidence based science’ and ‘best medical and pharmaceutical practice’…the following ‘open letter’ with attachments was sent to all Federal Senators, NSW and Victorian Premiers last week.
Alcohol harms in Australia are extensive and well acknowledged: resulting in 5,500 deaths every year and a further 157,000 hospitalisations.
Faced with the evidence of those harms, the alcohol industry’s oft-cited defence is to reference official per capita consumption data which shows national alcohol consumption in decline, in an effort to argue that Australia has become a nation of responsible drinkers.
Risky business, a new video produced by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) dismantles that flawed logic, revealing that the decline in the amount of alcohol being consumed as a nation in fact masks alarming patterns of consumption in significant segments of the population.
More than 3.8 million Australians average at least four standard drinks of alcohol per day, that’s twice the recommended health guidelines.
The findings contained in the Risky business video are drawn from an analysis of the study Understanding recent trends in Australian alcohol consumption by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR).
Over 1.9 million Australians drink on average more than six standard drinkers per day, three times the amount outlined in the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health risks from Drinking Alcohol. Just under a million Australians consume on average more than eight standard drinks a day, equivalent to more than four times the recommended health guidelines.
The video also exposes the alcohol industry’s ‘dirty little secret’, that is, its economic dependence on risky drinkers.
The 3.8 million Australians averaging more than four standard drinks of alcohol per day represent just 20 per cent of all Australians aged 14 and over, yet this group accounts for a staggering 74.2 per cent of all the alcohol consumed nationally each year.
No surprise then that these almost 4 million Australians represent the lifeblood of the Australian alcohol industry. They are the industry’s best customers, targeted and branded by industry as ‘super consumers’. But while the alcohol industry sees ‘super consumers’, health professionals see risky drinkers.
The alcohol industry’s reliance on risky drinking is brought into sharp relief when examining the economic impact of measures to encourage ‘super consumers’ to drink within the guidelines. The total alcohol consumed as a nation would be reduced by 39 per cent, or 38 million litres of pure alcohol.
This knowledge explains the alcohol industry’s steadfast refusal to support alcohol policy measures that would effectively encourage and support Australians to drink within the recommended guidelines. But it does not excuse the industry’s consistent and continuing efforts to block and undermine measures that would save lives and reduce alcohol-related injury and disease.
This paper expands on the ‘super consumer’ story, providing greater detail on the alcohol consumption data underpinning the Risky business video, an overview of the Australian alcohol industry, and an analysis of the impact on the industry if ‘super consumers’, those Australians drinking at extremely harmful levels, where given the necessary support and encouragement to drink within the guidelines instead.
complete report or view pdf