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2017 in review: Alcohol more harmful than Ice

You’re in for a treat this summer. To farewell 2017 and welcome in the New Year, 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.

In Drink Tank today we’re highlighting the need for more balanced media reporting.

In this post, Emeritus Professor Ian Webster responds to the ABC series Ice Wars, and compares media reporting with the reality of methamphetamine and alcohol harms.

His message is pertinent: “To those who work in the health system, ‘ice’ is but one problem among many and pales into the background of the prevailing problems of addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs.”



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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