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Managing licit drug use in later life: Impact on quality of life, cognitive function, and mood

In partnership with the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation, this project investigates the mental health outcomes of a GP-based health promotion programme designed to decrease older adults’ consumption of legal substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines.

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Fun and forgetting: Alcohol and other drug use by African young people in Hobart

Discussions by Link Youth Health Service with African parents indicate considerable concern regarding how their children would cope with the influence of Australia’s drinking and drug-taking culture. African young people themselves indicated they were concerned about alcohol and marijuana use by their peers.

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Alcohol taxation and the low-strength alcoholic beverage market

One of the ways for government to influence consumption of alcohol is via pricing, and a major influence in this area is taxation. The aim of this project is to provide comprehensive data on the effects of current indirect taxation on low-strength alcoholic beverages.

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Social meaning of inhalant use in Victoria: Implications for development of policy and intervention

This study applies contemporary sociological analysis to the world of inhalant users in Melbourne, drawing on interviews with users, ex-users and expert workers, as well as wider public accounts in research, policy and media coverage. This study also critiques current Victorian policy approaches to inhalant use and suggests ways in which harms associated with inhalant use and with existing treatment and management strategies might be reduced.

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Treatment outcomes for young people presenting with alcohol as a primary or secondary substance of concern in residential treatment

Regular and risky drinking is common among many young Australians, leading to significant short and long-term harm; yet little is known about the effectiveness of treatment and rehabilitation programs.

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Influence of alcohol consumption on breastfeeding initiation and duration in Australia

Reports in the literature show that health professionals rarely give mothers advice on alcohol consumption and lactation. In one US study nearly half of mothers surveyed were advised to drink alcohol while only one sixth were advised to abstain. However, alcohol is generally reported to have a number of adverse effects on lactation and infant behaviour.