Strategic Futurists; Value Systems Specialists


The Future of Beer (and alcohol)

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Will alcohol have a legitimate place in societies in the years to come? As we slowly awaken to the horrendous impact of alcohol related harm and it's social and financial costs, will Australia's widely held acceptance of alcohol consumption begin to wane? This MP3 of my chat with Vicki Kerrigan on

ABC Darwin drew on the exceptional work of Professor David Nutt in the UK, who has mapped the harm impacts of assorted drugs. Those drugs (both legal and illegal) rated drug impact on two levels of harm - 'harm to self', and 'harm to others'. The single most harmful drug was alcohol.  The link to the ABC Darwin interview is here and if you're interested in reading more on Professor Nutt's research, take a look at his many well explained blog posts here. In Australia we now know that a significant amount of hospital admissions are alcohol related, and the long term impacts are extensive. Should Australia just put up with it or do we need a more comprehensive understanding of the widespread, non age specific harm that alcohol can cause?

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