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Alcohol action in rural communities

The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project partnered with ten experimental rural communities in New South Wales to devise, coordinate and implement a community action strategy to reduce alcohol harms.

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Electronic alcohol screening and brief intervention for hospital outpatients: A pilot study

The research was conducted to establish whether it would be possible to conduct a large trial of e-SBI with hospital outpatients.

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The Australian wine tax regime: Assessing industry claims

This report explores the veracity of claims made by segments of the wine industry on the potential impacts of possible alcohol taxation reform scenarios. The proposal by the Henry Tax Review to move from the current ad valorem tax on wine, referred to as the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET), to a volumetric tax, has been fiercely challenged by some in the wine industry. To back up its opposition to the change, the Wine Federation of Australia (WFA) produced estimates of the job losses and declines in sales.

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Adoption of the Alcohol Linking Program into routine practice by New South Wales police

Liquor licensing provisions exist in many jurisdictions to facilitate the safe consumption of alcohol on licensed premises. One strategy supporting the harm reduction objectives is enforcement of liquor licensing laws by regulatory agencies; however, in spite of evidence of its effectiveness, such enforcement has been limited; due, in part, to a lack of accurate information as to which premises need to be targeted.

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The influence of social-cognitive, personality and co-morbidity factors on the drinking behaviour of young people in Australia

This study examines the psychological factors that influence alcohol consumption by young Australians (18-30 years old). It focuses on the role of personality, cognitive and psychological distress in maintaining problematic drinking; and compares the community sample with a treatment sample from a youth substance abuse service.

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Computer-based cognitive behaviour therapy for alcohol use and coexisting depression in rural and urban areas

In Australia around two thirds of people with mental illness and/or AOD-use disorders fail to seek professional help for their condition. There are significant barriers to accessing treatment; for example, the sheer number of people needing help, geographical isolation, and financial difficulties. A computer-based CBT option has the potential to contribute significantly to overcoming these barriers.