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Conclusions: Our review suggests that maternal alcohol use during pregnancy is associated with offspring mental health problems, even at low to moderate levels of alcohol use. Future investigation using methods that allow stronger causal inference is needed to further investigate if these associations shown are causal. 

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RELATED STORY: Dan Murphy's Northern Territory saga reaches final hurdles before decision

RELATED STORY: Liquor giant Dan Murphy's a step closer to having Northern Territory footprint

RELATED STORY: Dan Murphy's liquor giant opponents to raise voice at Northern Territory meeting

Liquor giant Dan Murphy's faces an uphill battle in its bid to build its first Northern Territory superstore, with 17 objections lodged against the application and hearings to take longer than first expected.

Key points:

  • An NT Liquor Commission inquiry into whether or not Dan Murphy's will be permitted to be built in the NT has held its first session in Darwin
  • The hearing today heard from Woolworths' legal counsel, who spruiked the possible economic benefits the store could bring
  • Dan Murphy's are yet to formally respond to any of the 17 objections, according to NT Liquor Commission chair Richard Coates

Objectors lining up to lay out their arguments against the proposal included the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), Danila Dilba, the NT Council of Social Services and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

Most of the objections, yet to be explained in full, were expected to relate to the store's potential impact on Darwin's problem drinkers and its planned proximity to three nearby Aboriginal communities.

No representatives from Bagot, Minmarama or Kulaluk communities attended the hearing's first day.

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Date: February 2019  Source: University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary: Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala -- the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety.     

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Christina DeLay is co-founder of Altina Drinks, a social enterprise hoping to tip Australia’s drinking culture on its head with a range of alcohol-free cocktails. She’s this week’s changemaker.  

What first inspired you to start a company that makes alcohol-free cocktails?

It was because of my own personal experience with drinking. I was working as a consultant in Canberra, and got quite caught up in the drinking culture of that industry – after-work drinks with your colleagues, business lunches, there’s alcohol at everything. When I cut back on the drinking, I realised what an important part of the social aspect of the industry going out and drinking was.

Were you surprised at people’s responses to you not drinking?

People around me really started to wonder what was wrong and why I wasn’t drinking. I was often asked if I was pregnant, and I would go to the bar and ask if I could have a water with a slice of lime in it to make it look like an alcoholic drink, to avoid those questions.

It really felt like it was me that had a problem, because I didn’t want to drink anymore. That was a real trigger to start having a bit of a conversation about more mindful drinking and drinking on your own terms, to counteract those social pressures that are in a lot of scenarios.

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Addiction specialist warns parents on impact of their drinking on family

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

BBC journalist Fergal Keane spoke of the devastating impact his father’s alcoholism had on him as a child, and into adulthood. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 

Parents who regularly drink three or more drinks a day could be “unwittingly” abusing their children, a HSE addiction specialist has warned.

Marion Rackard, who experienced parental alcohol abuse as a child, was speaking at the announcement of an initiative to raise awareness of the impact of parent’s alcohol abuse on children.

The “Silent Voices” campaign, an initiative of Alcohol Action Ireland, will gather the experiences of adults who grew up with parental alcohol abuse as part of a drive to ensure services, including schools, Tusla and the HSE, respond appropriately to the damage that can be done.

Ms Rackard said children, even infants, could sense when a parent or care-giver was not attuned to their needs, whether as a result of alcohol consumption or other reasons. This could frighten a child and was a form of abuse.

“If a parent is aware that after three glasses [of wine] they are becoming less available to their children, less emotionally present . . . that is doing damage. Attunement [to a child’s emotions] is the issue, the quality of the relationship.”

She said a child’s greatest needs, as well as food and shelter, were to “feel safe . . . welcome, to feel special” to their parents. They needed to “belong to a family and to know they were worthy of kindness and attention,” she said.

Alcohol abuse in the family, she said, was “one of the last [societal] skeletons

“We’ve had the sexual abuse, the institutional abuse. This is abuse within the family . . . unwittingly and unknowingly it’s abuse, it’s neglect.”

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