New Alcohol and Drug Programs To Break Vicious Cycles For WA Prisoners

The Premier has announced an Alcohol and Other Drug program to rehabilitate prisoners and combat addictions and their offending behaviours. With over 6000 prisoners in WA’s correctional facilities, more than half struggle with ongoing alcohol and other drug addictions, including methanphetamines. The treatment program aims to break the cycle of drug-related-crime in our prisons and…

WA Experts Discuss Minimum Price Of Alcohol

The WA Preventative Health Summit bought together experts from all over the state to share their views and expertise on how to make Western Australia healthier. “Two thirds of all adults are either overweight or obese, and more worryingly 20% of our kids are now considered overweight or tipping into the obesity category,” said Health…

“Larger” Early Onset Dementia Link Prompt Youths To Rethink Alcohol

Mental health experts are calling for young people to be taught a better relationship with alcohol, after new research revealed a bigger link between excessive drinking and early onset dementia. WA Greens Mental Health spokesperson Alison Xamon said young people did not make the connection between their heavy drinking habits and health consequences later in…

New Liquor Laws to Boost WA Hospitality Flexibility

The WA Government is aiming to boost the state’s hospitality scene following the introduction of new reforms to WA’s liquor laws. The Liquor Control Amendment Bill 2018 will be presented to State Parliament next week, which will support local businesses, create more jobs and drive new hospitality activity. “We’re getting on with the job by…

Teenagers Become “Sober Generation” As More Snub Alcohol, Drugs

More Australian teenagers are turning their backs on alcohol and drugs, earning them the title of the “sober generation”. A study by Deakin University published in the Drug and Alcohol Review has revealed a large drop in teen alcohol consumption and smoking between 1999 and 2015, calling it a “youth-led revolution”. Researchers surveyed more than…

City of Cockburn limit on local bottle shops

The City of Cockburn has received unanimous support after their decision to limit the number of bottle shops to two per local shopping centre. Compelling evidence from several Australian studies shows increased levels of alcohol are detrimental towards public health and safety. This move will prevent an increase in the availability of alcohol. Logan Howlett,…

School leavers ready to celebrate

Next week thousands of school leavers are heading down south and to Rottnest Island, in celebration of completing of 12 years of schooling. Safety, alcohol and recreational drug use are a concern for parents, as recent years have depicted leavers as being ‘wild’ and ‘out of control’. Leavers Manager for WA, Clint Browning, explained that…

WA Government Investigates Alcohol Floor Price Plan

By Kelly Marie Smith In an effort to curb alcohol abuse in Western Australia, the state government is looking at the possibility to impose a minimum price on alcoholic beverages. The idea hopes to stop retailers selling bargain priced alcohol to heavy drinkers, has been set in motion by WA Health minister Roger Cook. Mr Cook,…

Government Drug and Alcohol Prison Slammed Over Lack of Model, Business Case

The Liberal Party has criticised the State Government over a dedicated drug and alcohol rehabilitation prison, over its operating model or knowledge of the costs. Shadow Corrective Services Minister Peter Katsambanis said the McGowan Government’s plan for a dedicated drug and alcohol rehabilitation prison is in disarray claiming Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan did not…