Doctors call for alcohol ads to be banned

Close up of doctor s face uid 1173435 British Medical Association conference urges a minimum unit price for all drinks to curb alcohol-related illnesses

Figures show a sharp rise in young people being admitted to hospital for drink-related illness.

Doctors called today for a complete ban on alcohol advertising, and a minimum unit price to combat the soaring cost of drink-related illnesses.

The resolution at the British Medical Association’s annual conference will add to political pressure on the government to take more effective action to reduce rates of chronic alcoholism and teenage binge-drinking.

Earlier this year. the chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, urged the government to adopt a minimum price of 50p for each unit of alcohol. Flinching from the prospect of raising the price of an average six pack of lager to £6, the prime minister, Gordon Brown, said he did not want "the responsible, sensible majority of moderate drinkers to have to pay more or suffer as a result of the excesses of a minority".

Full story at the Guardian

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Combined Australian and New Zealand conference

The Combined Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and Drugs and
New Zealand Cutting Edge Addiction Conference

4 – 7 November 2007  Aotea Centre,
Auckland, New Zealand

Represents the coming together of the main treatment-orientated addiction conferences in the two countries; a special one-off trans-Tasman co-operative event for 2007. Combined national meetings present a unique opportunity for comparing and contrasting national understandings and solutions to these problems.

The main theme of The Combined Conference is “Two Nations, Ten Cultures?” We know which are the two nations, but what is “culture”?

There are in fact a multitude of definitions of “culture”. Understanding culture is fundamental to understanding human behaviour, including aberrant human behaviour such as that found in addiction, as well as understanding behavioural change required for recovery from addiction. This definition opens up numerous topics on culture for discussion at The Combined Conference as they relate to addiction and its treatment: indigenous cultures; immigrant cultures; the nature of modern culture and societal subcultures; treatment services; self-help groups; professions; religious groups; and gender/sexual orientation cultures as well as consideration of more controversial areas such as the genetic basis of culture.

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Conferences – add others to comments section below

Alcohol and Drug; Australian Winter School 20th Annual Conference

2-4 July 2007


“The Way Forward”


Brisbane, Australia






4th  UK European Symposium on Addictive Disorders

Addiction Treatment,

London – 17, 18 & 19 MAY 2007


Moving Beyond Symptoms: Identifying And Treating Core Issues



International Council on Alcohol and Addictions

Conseil international sur les problèmes de l’ alcoolisme et des toxicomanies

Stockholm from 10 – 15 June 2007.




8th International Mental Health Conference      

17 to 18 August 2007
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia



42nd Australian National Alcoholics Anonymous Convention

5-9 April 2007

Living in the Solution

Hilton Hotel, Sydney, Australia




Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia 2007 Conference


11-13 July 2007

“Regional perspectives in Practice”

University of South Australia, Centre for Regional Engagement

Whyalla, South Australia





2007 Australian FADNET (Family, Alcohol and Drug Network) National Conference

Melbourne, Australia

Call For Abstracts; Closes April 15th 2007

Conference Dates: 27th – 28th June 2007

Conference Website:

The 2007 FADNET National Conference is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for alcohol and drug, health and welfare, child and family clinicians, researchers, policy makers and students. This year’s conference will focus on interventions and partnerships that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of all family members affected by substance use. Online submission of abstracts is now invited and closes on 15th April, 2007.