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03 Dec 2019

The announcement that the National Alcohol Strategy 2019–2028 (the NAS) has been agreed to by all States and Territories is welcome, but it is disappointing that it does not include a volumetric tax on alcohol, AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today.

“The last iteration of the NAS expired in 2011, so this announcement has been a long time coming,” Dr Bartone said.

“The AMA supports the positive announcements by the Government to reduce the misuse of alcohol. However, they simply do not go far enough.

Published: 03 Dec 2019

26 Dec 2018

Australians should set themselves a limit before they start drinking these holidays, to ensure that they do not end up in hospital, the AMA says.

“The holiday season is a time when many people catch up with family and friends, and relax. For some, this means engaging in risky drinking and drug taking,” AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today.

“People who drink excessively or take drugs not only put themselves at risk, but often put those around them at increased risk of harm.

Published: 26 Dec 2018

30 Dec 2017

Busy social calendars over the holiday season can provide many opportunities to relax with a glass of beer or wine, but it is important that people know their limits, AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today.

“From enjoying a beer while watching the Ashes, to office Christmas parties, and seeing the New Year in with a glass of sparkling wine, the festive season is awash with opportunities – and, sometimes, pressure – to have a drink,” Dr Gannon said.

Published: 30 Dec 2017

22 Dec 2017

The festive season is often difficult for those people who struggle with alcohol, substance abuse or tobacco dependance. It is important to support our friends and family with healthy choices at gatherings says AMA Vice President Dr Bartone.

Published: 22 Dec 2017

03 Aug 2017

Transcript: AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, 6PR, Drive, 3 August 2017

Subject: National Drug Strategy


Published: 03 Aug 2017

02 Aug 2017

Transcript: AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, ABC Radio Perth, Drive, 2 August 2017

Subject: National Drug Strategy


Published: 02 Aug 2017

02 Aug 2017

Dr Michael Gannon tells ABC Radio Melbourne the Government should have put greater emphasis on alcohol in the recently released National Drug Strategy.

Published: 02 Aug 2017

A/Prof Owler, 2UE Sydney, 26 May 2014

AMA President A/Prof Brian Owler discusses alcohol advertising during sport and Australia's problem with alcohol-related violence.