Be armed with good quality information
Get to know the facts. When taking action on alcohol, it’s important that you are across the issue – you don’t need to be an expert, but you should know where to go for good information.
To be seen as credible and genuine it’s important to use good quality information from reputable sources and to stick to the facts.
The Alcohol Programs Team at the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (previously the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth) has developed a series of factsheets on alcohol issues. These are a great starting point. The reference lists in each factsheet can point you in the right direction for further reading.
Other ways to research your topic include
- Read reports and position statements from various health organisations, including the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol and the Australian Medical Association.
- Keep up with the media for information on hot topics, new reports, and current community opinion.
- Search for relevant journal articles.
Keep in the loop by reading blogs and e-newsletters including:
The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education release a weekly newsletter to keep subscribers up to date on their activities.
DrinkTank aims to generate meaningful commentary and debate about alcohol policy, and to provide a platform for all members of the Australian community to share their views and concerns.
Alcohol Action Station is a fortnightly newsletter developed by the McCusker Centre which aims to provide WA community members with the information and tools to take action on harms from alcohol.
The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
Croakey is a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy.