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A snapshot of the weekend’s alcohol-related news

Operation Unite | An end to alcohol education in schools | New study critiques benefits of drinking

This weekend, Sunrise’s Samatha Armiyage and Andrew O’Keefe talk to Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas from the Sydney Police Centre about the trans-tasman police initiative, Operation Unite. The Sydney Morning Herald’s Tim Barlass reports on a proposal to cut drug and alcohol education from the school curriculum, and the Canberra Times features stories on a new study on the benefits of alcohol consumption, and the current alcohol toll reported by police involved in Operation Unite over the weekend.

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Weekend-Sunrise

Fight against booze brawls – breaking the cycle of alcohol-related violence

Samatha Armiyage and Andrew O’Keefe investigate the thinking behind this year’s Operation Unite.

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Sydney-Morning-Herald

Alcohol education unit axed

THE unit responsible for educating schoolchildren about the dangers of alcohol and drugs has been axed, the teachers’ union says.

A Teachers Federation spokesman, David Ferguson, said the union had seen the final paperwork and the ”drug prevention unit” would cease to exist next year.

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The-Canberra-Times

Wine not heart-healthy for the overweight

MANY believe a glass or two of wine is good for them, with its antioxidants working to protect the heart as the alcohol hits the head.

But if you are carrying a bit of extra weight, drinking has no protective effect, new research has found.

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The-Canberra-Times

More than 1000 arrested in national alcohol blitz

Police across Australia arrested more than a thousand people in a blitz on alcohol at the weekend.

The highest number of arrests were in Western Australia, where on Saturday night alone 542 people were charged with 610 offences under Operation Unite – the trans-Tasman crackdown on alcohol misuse, crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.

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