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The dangers of our binge drinking culture

Alcohol is the most widely consumed drug in Australia. Any adult can legally drink and it’s socially acceptable, unlike other drugs like cocaine and crystal meth. These factors, among others, have led to an increasing culture of binge drinking. But what exactly is binge drinking? Simply put, if someone is...

Medication could help reduce alcohol-related violence

What if there was a drug that we could give to problem drinkers? Medication to help people quit smoking has proven to be highly effective, and now Australian scientists are working on a pill to help people overcome alcoholism. Teams of scientists around the globe are collaborating on a number...

Should doctors screen for underage drinking?

Binge drinking continues to be a growing problem amongst Australian teens. Alcohol abuse at a young age can lead to serious physical, psychological and social consequences down the road. The early detection of a drinking problem is vital in order to protect children’s health and wellbeing. Of course, parents can...

Hate speech is a form of violence too

There are many forms of violence, and only a small amount of it is physical. Hate speech is one of the most common forms of violence, although it’s often trivialised. This is dangerous, because hate speech is often a precursor to physical forms of assault. What exactly is hate speech?...

Teaching our children to stay safe online

The internet is a fantastic way to connect and communicate with people across the world. Whether you’re talking to your friend from high school or a family member who has moved thousands of kilometres away, the world wide web is a great way to stay in touch. Unfortunately, there’s also...

Methamphetamine on the rise in Australia

Drugs and alcohol play an important role in the increasing amount of violence we’re seeing on our streets today. Sadly, the use of drugs and alcohol by young people also continues to be on the increase. Now, police data shows that methamphetamine, a dangerous amphetamine, is on the rise in...

Gun crime in Australia

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which twenty children and six adult staff members were fatally shot, US gun laws have come under much scrutiny. President Obama has officially pledged to reduce the number of gun deaths by introducing new firearm legislation. But gun crime isn’t just on...

Men can be victims of domestic abuse too

A couple are arguing. Their voices are raised. Someone’s being accused of flirting with a member of the opposite sex. The accusation is denied, but the argument only gets more heated. The aggressor demands their partner hands over their phone, so that that they can check their text messages. When...

The impact of domestic violence on children

Children are often the overlooked and forgotten victims of domestic abuse. Powerless in a situation where one partner is abusing another, they feel frightened and vulnerable with no voice. Shocking findings of a recent study show that children are present during 85% to 90% of all domestic abuse incidents. And...

How can you avoid alcohol-related violence on a night out?

Everyone should be able to enjoy a night out without being attacked but, in reality, we all know that things aren’t so straight forward. Whether you’re at a party, your local or in town clubbing, it’s important to keep your wits about you. Even though you’re not looking for a...