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Effectiveness of NT’s minimum unit price for alcohol 

Last week Nicholas Taylor, Peter Miller and others published an analysis on The impact of a minimum unit price on wholesale alcohol supply trends in the Northern Territory, Australia in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 

The publication assessed the impact of the Northern Territory’s minimum unit price (MUP) on estimates of beverage‐specific alcohol consumption using wholesale alcohol supply data.

The analysis found that the “floor price” of $1.30 per standard drink, introduced by the NT in 2018, reduced the consumption of cask wine by half, without significantly impacting sales of other types of alcohol.  

Considering the effectiveness with which this policy reduced consumption of cask wine in the NT, the authors advocated for other state and federal governments to consider introducing an MUP. 

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Resources and studies 

Resource: The Turning Point Alcohol Consumption tool can help identify if your alcohol consumption may be putting you at risk of alcohol-related disease or injury and suggest strategies to manage your alcohol consumption.
Blog: The impact of COVID-19: More alcohol going into Australian homes than ever before. Read more in the Alcohol Retail During Covid-19 report from FARE here.
Report: Reporting of alcohol as a contributor to death in Australian national suicide statistics and its relationship to post‐mortem alcohol concentrations
Report: Partners or Opponents? Alcohol Industry Strategy and the 2016 Revision of the U.K. Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines

Introducing an updated Pregnant Pause website 

The Pregnant Pause project continues working to support alcohol-free pregnancies by providing clear and consistent messaging around alcohol consumption - there is no safe amount, no safe time and no safe type of alcohol during pregnancy. 

Now the project has a new website with a fresh look and feel. Please check it out and share it among your networks.  

Based in the ACT? When you’re on the site, consider becoming a community hero to support pregnant women on their journey.

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International Family Drug Support Day 2021 – 24th February 

International Family Drug Support (FDS) Day aims to draw attention to the importance of supporting families affected by alcohol and/or drugs. We know that when families are supported with resources and education, the outcomes for everyone are improved.  

International FDS pushes for evidence-based policy change for alcohol and drugs, strives to reduce the stigmas around alcohol and other drug use and promotes support services for families. You can learn more about the day and the events available here.

 

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In the news

Alcohol support services stretched, as Tasmanians spend record amount on booze during COVID pandemic
Rural GPs sought for alcohol and drug training
‘No booze, still fun’: lawyers cut the drink for charity
Alcohol sales in covid pandemic skyrocket according to ABS
Victorians boozed and ate their way through the pandemic, with half gaining weight and more than one in three drinking more often
‘We’re not there to get sworn at. We’re trying to do our job, we’re not there to be abused’: Paramedic shares difficulties of attending alcohol-fuelled jobs
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