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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Monday 27 February 2017
It's been a significantly busy couple of months looking at how Industries and Government Agencies are preparing for change. The Companies versus Climate Change conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November/December, and a meeting with the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in January show that positive action is happening, despite some of the headlines
Saturday 31 December 2016
Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017
Monday 12 December 2016
In Ft. Lauderdale USA I recently attending a delightful provocatively named 'Companies Versus Climate Change' conference. And the message is clear - companies, BIG well known companies are tackling the issues of climate change, sustainability and their carbon footprints and both making and saving VAST sums of dollars. The simple take away message from the presentations over the three days could not have been more explicit - tackling climate change pays off big time!