DrinkWise Australia is an evidence based organisation that relies on key independent research and clinical advice. The information supporting our campaigns and contained in this website have been gathered from authoritative studies and knowledge gained from consulting with experts in the fields of public health, neuroscience, epidemiology, and child and adolescent psychology. DrinkWise seeks to better understand the cultural attitudes and drivers that shape drinking patterns and to identify potential approaches to address these harmful patterns. A number of projects have been jointly funded with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and have been undertaken by leading Australian Universities including Deakin, Flinders and the Hunter New England Institute, Griffith, Monash, Macquarie and Sydney.
Smashed! The Many Meanings of Intoxication and Drunkenness
This publication presents an overview of the history of the meanings of intoxication and drunkenness from an examination of bio-medicine, psychology, sociology, legal and news media reporting perspectives at the start of the 21st Century.
It was informed by a literature review that was commissioned by DrinkWise Australia with additional funding support from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing that revealed a picture marked by complexities. It found little agreement on how to define intoxication and drunkenness, how to measure intoxication, what getting drunk means to those who drink, and where responsibility lies for many of the individual, social, medical and legal consequences of intoxication and drunkenness.
Smashed is a resource for researchers, policy makers, the media and members of the community who are involved in these ongoing, often emotive debates. If you are interested in receiving this publication, you can purchase directly from Monash University Publishing. See link here for details: http://www.publishing.monash.edu/books/smashed.html