The Origin of violence

During the National Rugby League (NRL) season, FARE called on the NRL to acknowledge and address a dangerous spike in domestic violence against women and children linked to the annual State of Origin series.

An increase in domestic violence in the wake of a high profile sporting fixture is not a new phenomenon. 

Alcohol’s contribution to domestic violence is similarly well acknowledged and understood. It is involved in more than 50 per cent of all recorded incidents.

But the findings from a study examining the increase of domestic violence around the NRL State of Origin games between 2012-17, were particularly alarming.

The study by FARE’s research institute, The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), examined newly released data from the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, which revealed a 40.7 per cent average increase in domestic violence and 71.8 per cent in non-domestic assaults across New South Wales on State of Origin game days.

The release of this research attracted extensive media coverage raising awareness about this issue.

GAPC comes to Australia for the first time

From left: Dr David Jernigan, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr Timothy Stockwell Director and Professor, Centre for Addictions Research of BC, University of Victoria, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chairman, Alcohol Health Alliance UK, Ms Katherine Brown, Director, Institute of Alcohol Studies, Dr Nicki Jackson, Executive Director, Alcohol Healthwatch Trust, Dr Lisa Studdert, Deputy Secretary (Acting), National Program Delivery Group, Department of Health.

FARE was proud to co-host the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) 2017, together with the Public Health Association of Australia.

A forum for policy-makers, practitioners and researchers, GAPC 2017 was the first of its kind to be held in in Australia, and progressed the work of earlier conferences to translate evidence into action, while contributing to the increasing momentum around the world to stop harm caused by alcohol.

With the theme – Mobilising for change, alcohol policy and the evidence for action, FARE was proud to support GAPC’s tradition in focusing on advocacy, overcoming vested interests in alcohol policy development, and encouraging international collaboration.

Local and international experts heard the latest evidence and case studies; engaged in a lively and provocative discussion about gender, alcohol and family violence, and alcohol and development; and discussed the challenges of cheap booze.

From left: Mr Quentin Dempster AO Journalist, Author and Broadcaster, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore Chairman, Alcohol Health Alliance UK, Dr Timothy Stockwell Director and Professor, Centre for Addictions Research of BC, University of Victoria, Ms June Oscar AO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, Mr Michael Moore AM, the then Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Association of Australia hands over to the 2019 destination representative, Mr Pubudu Sumenasekara, Member, Presidential Task force on Drug Prevention, Representative of the President of Sri Lanka and Vice President, IOGT.

Alcohol consumption key to reducing cancer deaths

The long-term use of alcohol has long been recognised as a risk factor for cancer, and the relationship has been widely addressed in individual-level studies.

However, the relationship of alcohol consumption and cancer mortality at a population level have rarely been examined.

This year, FARE’s research institute, the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) released Alcohol consumption and liver, pancreatic, head and neck cancers in Australia:  Time-series analyses – research which found that reducing alcohol consumption at the population level would lead to a significant preventive effect on cancer deaths in Australia.

The study revealed that across a 20-year period, a one litre decrease in annual alcohol consumption per capita was associated with reductions of 11.6 per cent in male and 7.3 per cent in female head and neck cancer mortality, and a 15 per cent reduction of male liver cancer mortality.

©2019 Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education | Level 1, 40 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT 2600 | 02 6122 8600

©2019 Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education

Level 1, 40 Thesiger Court, Deakin ACT 2600 | 02 6122 8600