Monday, 29 June 2015

Focus on illicit drugs puts Australia’s drinking problem on ice

Recent discussions of Australia’s “ice epidemic” have culminated in a A$9 million government-funded media campaign to raise community awareness of the drug’s harms, particularly in rural areas. We do need to address the harms of illicit drugs, but, in doing so, we mustn’t overlook the greater social impact of excessive alcohol consumption.

A number of commentators have cautioned about the possible negative effects of government fear-mongering on parents, families and communities. Experts have also highlighted the substantial evidence that drug education campaigns are, at best, ineffective and, at worst, encourage experimentation.

See more at: http://theconversation.com/focus-on-illicit-drugs-puts-australias-drinking-problem-on-ice-42710

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