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ALCOHOL
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– VICTORIA

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Introduction: Welcome to AODstats, the Victorian alcohol and drug interactive statistics and mapping webpage.
AODstats provides information on the harms related to alcohol, illicit and pharmaceutical drug use in Victoria.

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The harms associated with alcohol are equivalent to, or greater than, those for illicit drugs.

Examples of these harms include:

  • Contributing (second only to tobacco) to Australia’s burden of disease—with alcohol use being linked as a risk factor/contributor to more than 200 chronic diseases (including seven types of cancer);3
  • Acting as one of Australia’s leading causes of drug-related death (second only to tobacco)—with more than 5,500 deaths estimated to be attributable to alcohol annually;4
  • Contributing significantly to violence and assaults—including domestic, family and intimate partner violence;5
  • High economic and service delivery impacts on community services—including policing health, justice and local government services;6
  • Contributing to avoidable injury and road accidents;7
  • Cause of birth defects and behavioural and neurodevelopmental abnormalities including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which have life-long impacts; and
  • Reductions in productivity in the workplace.

(Introduction: NATIONAL ALCOHOL STRATEGY 2018–2026)

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Acetaldehyde and blood stem cells

Even light drinkers at risk of cancer. A recent statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology outlines the dangers of alcohol.

Following the analysis, the researchers found that acetaldehyde could, in fact, damage and break DNA within blood stem cells. Chromosomes became rearranged, and the DNA sequence was permanently changed in stem cells. Lead study author Prof. Ketan Patel says, "Some cancers develop due to DNA damage in stem cells. While some damage occurs by chance, our findings suggest that drinking alcohol can increase the risk of this damage."

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Fair Work Commission upheld the decision and backed the oil and gas industry’s zero-tolerance alcohol strategy… Despite the incident occurring outside work hours, Commissioner David Gregory said the decision was “reasonable”…“It is obviously designed to protect the individual and to prevent them endangering others.”

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December 20, 2017  

A GROUP of south east Melbourne councils, including Kingston Council, wants family violence and “alcohol-related harm” taken into account when considering applications for new liquor stores.

Members of the South-East Melbourne Council Group – Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Kingston, Casey, Cardinia, Greater Dandenong – have been joined by Maroondah and Knox in seeking the necessary changes to the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The councils are lobbying Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne under the South-East Melbourne Council Group umbrella for increased planning powers to control “packaged liquor outlets”.

If their efforts are supported, liquor shops will have to provide social impact statements along with their planning applications.

Under current planning laws “potential harm” caused by the proliferation of liquor outlets does not present a strong enough reason to refuse a permit.

The councils want the planning rules changed so they can force liquor outlets into shopping centres (“where they are accessible but not convenient”) and discourage them opening “in areas of highest social disadvantage”, near schools or health services which provide drug, alcohol or mental health treatment.

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Tom Minear and James Campbell, Herald Sun - December 19, 2017 

DRINKERS would face significant price increases for beer and wine under a proposal to cut Australians’ alcohol ­consumption.

Under the draft plan, ­released by federal and state ministers, the cost of all ­alcoholic drinks would not be allowed to fall below a set level.

The draft national alcohol strategy, quietly released last month, also calls for tough ­restrictions on alcohol advertising during sport, and laws to stop bottle shops providing two-for-one offers and bulk-buy booze discounts.

Other proposals include:

NEW restrictions on the serving of drinks after a certain time, and plastic glassware to be used in “high-risk venues”;

MANDATORY sobriety conditions on repeat offenders, and linked ID scanners to ­prevent entry to venues;

UNDERCOVER checks to ensure bottle shops and venues do not serve those under age;

ASKING alcohol companies to put “readable, impactful health-related warning labels” on their products. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt chaired last month’s ministerial forum which agreed to release the draft strategy for a final round of feedback, after three years of consultation, with the aim of finalising it by March.

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