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An insight into the Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation ~ I have found it to be a professional and comprehensive resource. Here is the contents of an email that was sent to me today:

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Needle and syringe programs - HIV prevention

World AIDS Day (
is held annually on December 1 to highlight the impact of HIV and AIDS and raise
awareness about prevention, stigma and treatment.

Australia has one of the lowest rates of HIV transmission via injecting drug use
because of the availability of harm reduction initiatives such as needle and syringe
programs (NSPs). We answer some common questions about, and give a brief history
of, NSPs.

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Minimum unit pricing

Minimum unit pricing means setting a minimum cost for which a ‘unit’ of alcohol
can legally be sold. Evidence indicates that it can be effective in reducing health
problems, violence, accidents and injuries.

Despite being introduced in the Northern Territory in October 2018, minimum unit
pricing remains a poorly understood measure to reduce harms from alcohol.

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ADF DrugInfo Line

Seeking confidential help for your own or another person’s alcohol and drug use?

Or do you need information about drugs and prevention of drug-related harm to support
you in your work as an alcohol and drug professional?

DrugInfo can provide advice on talking with family and friends about alcohol and
other drugs, comprehensive information on the effects of drugs and contact details
for counselling, treatment and support services.

Call 1300 85 85 84 or email ( .

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Alcohol and Drug Foundation in the 1970s: A breakthrough decade

As the Alcohol and Drug Foundation celebrates its 60^th anniversary, the organisation
looks back at the challenges and opportunities of each decade.

Platform shoes, flared jeans, masses of billowing hair and blue eyeshadow were rife
as the 70s broke loose. Change was sweeping through Australia and the Foundation
was facing stiff headwinds. But the right leader was at the helm as a cultural shift
in attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs began across the country.

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Office party survival tips

With the ‘silly season’ fast approaching, it is important to consider how to
maintain your own health and wellbeing during the end of year period and how to organise
end of year events that are healthy, safe and inclusive.

Read on for some helpful tips for enjoying your office end of year celebrations,
without the day-after regret.

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RESEARCH via ADF Library

Are Alcohol Taxation and Pricing Policies Regressive? Product-Level Effects of a
Specific Tax and a Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol

This study investigates 855 Australian households’ annual expenditure on alcohol
and models the impact of various tax rates and a minimum unit price (MUP). Hospital
admissions were reported to be reduced when a 37% mean alcohol price increase in
Alice Springs produced a 20% reduction in alcohol consumption.

The introduction of a MUP will affect heavy consumers of alcohol the most, both in increased cost and
reduction of intake. Research demonstrates that policies increasing the price of
the lowest priced alcoholic drinks are the most effective way to reduce the harm
which annually costs the Australian community approximately A$36 billion.

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Vandenberg B, Sharma A. Are Alcohol Taxation and Pricing Policies Regressive? Product-Level
Effects of a Specific Tax and a Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol. Alcohol and Alcoholism.

How Twitter Can Support the HIV/AIDS Response to Achieve the 2030 Eradication Goal:

In-Depth Thematic Analysis of World AIDS Day Tweets

Civil society engagement is critical to achieve the goals of “Prevention, Treatment
or Care, and Support” to eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030. 118,155 unique English language
tweets, from over 43 billion users on World AIDS days in 2014 and 2015, were analysed
in this study to assess the public’s motivation and health beliefs.

A decline in tweets between the years was noted regarding combating and ending the epidemic. An
increase of interest was indicated recognising the barriers to eradication and an
integrative approach to prevention, treatment and care. Twitter has been demonstrated
to be a cost-effective method for discovering public sentiment and it is recommended
that other social media could also be employed to increase public motivation.

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Odlum M, Yoon S, Broadwell P, Brewer R, Kuang D. How Twitter Can Support the HIV/AIDS
Response to Achieve the 2030 Eradication Goal: In-Depth Thematic Analysis of World
AIDS Day Tweets. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2018;4(4):e10262-e.

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Text the Effects

Text the Effects is a drug information service via SMS. It provides information about
the effects of drugs in a confidential and accessible way, any location, any time.

Simply text the name of the drug you want to know about to 0439 tell me (0439 835

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and Torres Strait Islander Australia, and upholds and respects their respective relations
to this land.

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