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10 Oct 2014
The AMA is hosting a National Alcohol Summit in Canberra on 28-29 October 2014 at the National Convention Centre. This event will bring together representatives from all tiers of government, community leaders, medical and health experts, police, families of victims, and other stakeholders to develop practical measures and enduring solutions to alcohol-related harms in the Australian community. The Summit will look at the impact of excessive alcohol use across several different domains including alcohol-related violence and the social costs of alcohol; culture, advertising and sport; the harmful use of alcohol in Indigenous communities; and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, said today that the AMA has been a consistent public voice raising awareness of alcohol-related harms and the need for a comprehensive national response. “As doctors, we are often at the frontline in dealing with the effects of drinking,” A/Prof Owler said. “The devastating effects of excess alcohol use are comprehensive, and their prevalence is far-reaching. The AMA believes that the solutions must be equally comprehensive and far-reaching. “The AMA National Alcohol Summit will culminate in a plan of action for implementing real and tangible solutions,” A/Prof Owler said. Full details of Summit speakers, panellists, and other participants will be released over coming weeks. The Twitter hashtag for the event will be #AMAsummit 10 October 2014 CONTACT: John Flannery, 02 6270 5477 / 0419 494 761, Odette Visser, 02 6270 5464 / 0427 209 753, Follow the AMA Media on Twitter: Follow the AMA President on Twitter:

Published: 10 Oct 2014