FARE

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FARE is an independent, noisy and effective public-interest body in Australia successfully working to stop the harm caused by alcohol. Through collaborative research, FARE builds on the world’s scientific body of knowledge about alcohol and leverages that evidence to advocate public policy and foster programs to reduce the devastation of people’s misuse of alcohol. 

We have a duty and a responsibility to carefully conserve resources, but at the same time make effective use of these resources to meet our aim to stop the harm caused by alcohol. For a public health promotion charity with ‘skin in the game’, which does more than simply donate funds to support service delivery, this calls for a new, more ambitious and courageous approach.

Consequently, FARE has become increasingly engaged in identifying how it should realise its vision of ‘stopping harm caused by alcohol’. The board is taking a more activist approach towards realising change. This is being executed in a considered fashion with regard to the legislative limitations and to the organisation’s constitution and resource constraints.

The toll of alcohol harm in Australia is too high. There are nearly 6,000 deaths annually, 160,000 hospitalisations and many other cases of harm. The direct cost to Australian governments is more than $10 billion a year. Each week there are new research reports pointing to the range of both short- and long-term harm caused by alcohol. During the past year, French research showed the very significant contribution drinking has on the prevalence of dementia, and a study by the World Cancer Research Fund showed strong evidence that the risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus and breast cancers increases with any amount of alcohol, and continues to rise with every drink.

One recent study, Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published in the Lancet, showed there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.