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2017 in review: Alcohol harm and youth

This month FARE’s Drink Tank team is showcasing the best of 2017; a selection of the most robust and interesting conversations from preventive health experts, researchers and practitioners for your reading pleasure.

Today we’re focusing on youth drinking patterns and their perception on policy.

In Lebanon, more youth are drinking alcohol and starting at a younger age, with a university survey showing that 88 per cent of youth feel alcohol is very easy to obtain, and 77 per cent have never been asked to show their ID when purchasing and being served.

In her Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) presentation, ‘Youth’s perceptions of policy-level factors and their drinking patterns: Data from Lebanon’, Dr Lilian Ghandour, an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics at the American University of Beirut, emphasised the need for an evidence-informed alcohol harm reduction policy for Lebanon.

In this Drink Tank piece Dr Ghandour examines the need for alcohol-harm reduction policies in Lebanon to reduce alcohol-related harms among its young population.



Drink Tank aims to generate meaningful commentary and debate about alcohol policy, and to provide a platform for all members of the Australian community to share their views and concerns.

Our goal is for the Drink Tank community to engage in robust discussion about alcohol, highlighting a broad spectrum of views and voices, and ultimately to raise the profile of alcohol as an issue of national importance.

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