Drink Tank Aims to Start a Rational Conversation

Article excerpt

AUSTRALIA now has a new online forum for debating and discussing issues about alcohol and the use and misuse of alcoholic products in contemporary Australian society.

Drink Tank is a space for a public conversation about alcohol and was set up by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

The aim is to foster meaningful commentary and debate about alcohol policy and provide a platform for all members of the community to share their views and concerns.

Regular contributors include journalists, community leaders, researchers, policy makers and social entrepreneurs.

The site will feature bloggers from around the globe who will share their personal experiences and insights.

Last week, Professor Mike Daube, director of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, and a connoisseur of fine malt whisky, exploded the myth that health professionals, campaigning against the harms caused by alcohol are anti-alcohol.

Photojournalist Christian Smyth's post Reaching Out is as emotive and poetic as his accompanying photographic images. Howard Rowley, national director for febfast (an organisation encouraging people to be alcohol free during February) explains why for him the month of March now has a completely different meaning. …