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The Victorian Government has extended the freeze on the granting of new liquor licence applications to trade after 1am in inner-city Melbourne to 30 June 2021.

The new Ministerial Decision Making Guidelines set out how the freeze applies to venues seeking to trade after 1am in local governments areas of Melbourne (including Docklands), Stonnington, Yarra and Port Phillip.Changes under the new guidelines include:

  • applicants are no longer required to secure a letter of support from their local council in applying for an exemption to the freeze (however councils may still object to an application)
  • live music venues of up to 500 patrons can apply for an exemption to the freeze (an increase from 200 patrons) subject to the Commission being satisfied that the impact on amenity and harm is low
  • licence applications seeking to supply liquor after 1am on New Year’s Eve will not be subject to the freeze
  • the new guidelines make it clear that an applicant can seek an exemption to supply alcohol for a one-off event where the event relates to the broadcasting of a live major international sporting event.

The new Ministerial directions will apply to any application not yet determined by the VCGLR.

Australia's plan for tackling alcohol abuse and harm has been compromised because of meddling from the alcohol industry, health experts have warned.

Key points:

  • A leaked copy of the National Alcohol Strategy describes alcohol as "an intrinsic part of Australian culture"
  • State and territory ministers say they cannot endorse the new draft
  • Alcohol accounts for up to 15 per cent of emergency admissions at hospitals

The impasse is presenting an obstacle for Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, as he seeks to finalise the long-awaited blueprint.

"I'm not sure why we need to see it watered down," Western Australian Health Minister Roger Cook said. "Minister Hunt now needs to re-examine his conscience."

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said industry inclusion in strategy governance "presents a commercial conflict of interest" She added that changes from the Commonwealth had "significantly reduced the quality of the document".

This first draft also focused on "challenging perceptions of risk among Australians about safe drinking levels, including in relation to health impacts". But the revised draft instead focuses more on educating Australians or measures to prevent "excessive alcohol consumption" and "excessive drinking". Professor Miller says it ignores the harm caused by regular alcohol consumption. "That our governments and bureaucrats aren't pushing that message clearly in a National Alcohol Strategy is frightening," he said

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Quitting alcohol may improve health-related quality of life for women, especially their mental well-being, according to a study from Hong Kong published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Dr. Ni. "Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life. Instead, quitting drinking may be associated with a more favourable change in mental well-being, approaching the level of lifetime abstainers."

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This article is from the June 28, 2019 of The Herald Sun Digital Edition, Reporter, AARON LANGMAID  

MIDDLE aged men have been identified as the most common victims of coward punch attacks with alarming research revealing the average age is actually trending up. 

Males in their 50s have been identified as the most likely to be targeted in random acts of violence. 

The research from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine showed there had been 127 coward punch attacks in Australia from 2000-16 . 

The study also found: ALCOHOL was a contributing factor in 73 per cent of cases; MOST deaths occurred at homes, pubs or clubs between 12pm and 3am; and NINETY-four per cent of victims were men. 

A decrease in the prevalence of drinking in young people — and the success of campaigns to end the random attacks — have been pinpointed as a factor in the results. 

Monash University Senior Research Fellow Jennifer Schumann said  “While the data is focused on the number of associated deaths, just as many victims survive and few get away without permanent physical, mental or psychological disability. 

“Survivors never really get better. They just learn to adapt.” 

For complete article can be found https://www.heraldsun.com.au/.  

and full Forensic Report can be obtained at  https://www.vifm.org/wp-content/uploads/Cowards-Punch-Research-Update-2019.pdf

MIDDLE-AGED Queensland women are being treated for alcoholism at alarming rates with experts reporting the state is now seeing the devastating effects of the “super mum complex”. The admission rate to Queensland Health’s Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service (HADS) has almost doubled in the last 10 years for women aged 46 to 55, while the trend is down for women under 25 and steady for those between 26 and 45.

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