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June 14, 2019

The rate of chronic liver disease in Queensland is rising, with experts warning the state has only dealt with the “tip of the iceberg” if more is not done to combat the debilitating condition.

Researchers from QIMR Berghofer medical research institute looked at every patient admitted to hospital in Queensland with chronic liver disease over a nine year period from 2008 to 2016.

Over that time, there was a 62 per cent increase in the number of patients being treated for the chronic liver condition cirrhosis at Queensland hospitals, from 2701 admissions in 2008 to 4367 in 2016.

“Also patients in the early stages of cirrhosis don’t have any symptoms, so they may not even know they have it.”

The lead researcher, Princess Alexandra Hospital hepatologist Elizabeth Powell, said the study found excessive alcohol consumption accounted for 55 per cent of all the cases of cirrhosis.

“Just as we’re seeing an epidemic of obesity and type-2 diabetes, fatty liver is the liver complication of the metabolic syndrome, so it’s something the needs to be recognised and looked for,” she said.

The overall deaths from cirrhosis-related admissions to hospitals was 9.7 per cent for men and 9.3 per cent for women.

The study results have been published in the journal EClinical Medicine.

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The report, Impossible to escape: The need for stronger restrictions on the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia released by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) at Curtin University, found almost two-thirds of complaints made to the Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) over the past seven years had raised concerns about the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia.

The report found that 760 of the total 1126 complaints were about where alcohol marketing was placed in the community. Of the 760 placement-related complaints, almost 40% raised concerns that the advertisements were placed where young people were likely to be exposed or with content that would appeal to them. The report highlights the need for governments to introduce stronger restrictions to better protect children and young people from exposure to alcohol marketing.

The full report is available on the AARB website

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But there is a crucial difference between Getaway and other Brooklyn bars: Getaway is totally alcohol-free.  “It’s 0% as much as humanly possible, so if you’re sober and it’s an issue for you, or you don’t even want the smell of alcohol around you, you’ll be safe,” Thonis says. But it still looks and feels like a bar - it only opens in the evenings, the lights are low and no one appears to be working on their screenplay.

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Absolutely! Nor should Meth, XTC or WEED be used either!

All these drugs not only lift the lid on what's really going on inside an individual, but give 'permission' and 'enabling' for it to come out, on, and at all those around! Consequences be damned, 'I'm having fun' and 'feeling good'. We don't want ANY moral taboos....except of course the moral taboo on moral taboos, oh, and yeah, by the way 'moral' outrage if the activities outcomes 'hurt' someone else! (By whatever definition of 'hurt' you care to employ in any particular amoral setting!)

What generates even more cognitive dissonance is that there is a small and noisy (often media supported) demographic that want us to legalize even more of these psychotropic, harm bringing, community destroying toxins into an already dysfunctional and 'amoral' culture and they think that’s going to make our society ‘better’???

Who is driving this agenda? You don't have to look far to find the answer to that!

No Drugs – NO EXCUSES!

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A wristband that lets wearers check if their drink has been spiked with a date rape drug has gone on sale in Germany.

How the wristband works

To use the wristband users stir their drink with a straw.

They then place a few drops on the white band and wait two minutes, if the test area turns blue they know their drink has been spiked.

Kim says that it is already having a positive impact on young women's lives.

"We donated some to a group of girls and they told me that they really like the wristbands. It makes them feel more aware and more safe.

"I also gave a girl a wristband and afterwards she was in conversation with a boy at a party and he asked her what it was.

"She told him 'it's a wristband that protects me from date rape drugs' and he was like 'wow' and he stepped back. She said it made her feel very strong."

"What happened to the girl at the festival felt so close to me. As if this could have happened to me and, I realised the danger so of course I have the wristband with me when I go out."

Eventually Kim would like to make products which can detect other drugs.

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