01 Dec, 2007 Last updated: 04 Dec, 2014

Alcohol is entrenched in our society: we use it to celebrate, commiserate, relax and socialise. However alcohol is a common companion of violence and injury, unsafe sex, crime, poor mental health, car smashes and workplace absenteeism.

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Alcohol is entrenched in our society: we use it to celebrate, commiserate, relax and socialise. However alcohol is a common companion of violence and injury, unsafe sex, crime, poor mental health, car smashes and workplace absenteeism. The harms of alcohol are accelerating - particularly around young people. The urgency of addressing this cannot be stressed enough. But any strategy will need sustained commitment from local, State and Federal Governments, and the support of community organisations, workplaces, and researchers. In this issue we begin to explore what ‘safe, sensible and social’ can be in the face of some very serious challenges.