Australia’s serious booze problem – Sky News

Apr 17, 2012

A vast majority of Australians think the country has a serious booze problem and that binge drinking by young people is a blight on society.

New drinking limits put on bottle shops and drinking venues – Sunday Telegraph

Apr 8, 2012

STRICT limits would be placed on the number of bottle shops and drinking venues in any one council area under state government plans to curb alcohol-related violence.

Hunter ambos under attack – Newcastle Herald

Mar 28, 2012

HUNTER paramedics tending to car crash victims and unconscious late-night revellers are coming under violent attacks from drunk, drug-affected and aggressive patients and bystanders.

Hamilton lockouts to stay – Newcastle Herald

Mar 28, 2012

RESTRICTIONS on the late-night sale of alcohol and a 1am lockout on weekends will remain in place indefinitely at Hamilton hotels as a matter of ‘‘public interest’’.

Toothless tiger won’t change rough pubs – SMH

Mar 24, 2012

The NSW government’s ”three strikes” regime for licensed venues began on January 1 and so far two hotels and one club have been disciplined under the scheme, which threatens repeat offenders with the ultimate loss of their liquor licence.

Figures show limits on city pubs worked – Newcastle Herald

Mar 22, 2012

ALMOST five years ago I wrote an opinion piece for the Newcastle Herald titled “Alcohol crime: whose responsibility is it?”. At the time, I wrote that Newcastle was being talked about for all the wrong reasons as a city of alcohol-related crime.

Forum hears of youth alcohol, drug use

Mar 21, 2012

Drugs and alcohol are becoming a growing problem for Hunter teenagers, with youngsters getting hooked on cannabis and others believing recreational use will not create addiction.