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Do your personality traits, motives for drinking alcohol, and feelings about alcohol use predict your risk for experiencing alcohol-related problems?
Created Tuesday, 24 August 2010†4:58:28 PM
This research will investigate how personality traits are related to alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among young adults, and how drinking motives and feelings about alcohol use influence these relationships. A better understanding of these relationships will assist in the development of more effective prevention and treatment strategies for problematic drinking among young adults. If you are aged between 18 and 25, and have been drinking alcohol at least once a week (on average) during the past six months, you can support this research by completing an anonymous online survey.

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Rethinking Drinking
Created Tuesday, 10 February 2009†2:04:00 PM
Sydney Morning Herald, February 10, 2009

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Unhappy hour - can alcohol make you sad
Created Wednesday, 24 October 2007†6:11:19 PM
Sydney Morning Herald, October 24, 2007

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Treatment by correspondence a world first
Created Friday, 22 June 2007†4:47:15 PM
From The University of Sydney - News and Events - Webpage

Depression, the most common disabling illness in Australia, is often associated with anxiety and high alcohol consumption, however sufferers are reluctant to seek help and often have difficulty in accessing clinical services.

In a world first, the Australian Centre for Addiction Research (ACAR) at the University of Sydney is developing an innovative approach to effectively assist people to manage their depression, anxiety and alcohol consumption by correspondence.

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Launch of First of a Kind Online Control Drinking Program
Created Wednesday, 23 May 2007†1:47:57 PM
In Sydney West Weekly, Issue 11, 21 May 2007, p. 5.

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Drug caution urged
Created Monday, 23 October 2006†2:45:21 PM
In Parramatta Sun, 18 October 2006, p.14

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Thinking about Drinking: The Power of Expectation
Created Monday, 3 April 2006†8:16:18 PM
In Australasian Science April 2006

Most of the effects of alcohol result from our expectations, not from the actual chemical. Someone who thinks theyíre drinking alcohol, but isnít, will act almost as drunk as someone who is drinking the real thing, says Sitharthan Thiagarajan.

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Are You a Risky Drinker?
Created Friday, 3 March 2006†10:52:14 PM
In The Independent - Online Edition 31st January 2006

So you like a glass or two - sometimes a few too many. You could be on the brink of an alcohol problem. But changing your habits can be easier than it sounds, says Hugh Wilson

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The Message in a Bottle...
Created Thursday, 8 December 2005†3:26:36 PM
In Sydney Morning Herald 8th December 2005

Heavy-drinking women can nip their problem in the bud through the mail, writes Paula Goodyer

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Blackouts: cant remember if youve a drink problem
Created Tuesday, 23 August 2005†3:05:08 PM
In Financial Review 18 August 2005, p.59.

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Help is in the mail
Created Tuesday, 23 August 2005†3:02:58 PM
In Parramatta Advertiser 6 July 2005, p.8.

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Cutting Down
Created Wednesday, 20 July 2005†10:44:09 AM
In In Parramatta Sun Page 13

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A practitioner's resource for helping veterans with alcohol problems
Created Wednesday, 13 July 2005†4:04:37 PM
The Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs (2005) Alcohol Practice Guidelines: For practitioners helping veterans with alcohol problems is now available. This resource includes topics such as screening & assessment, problem drinking, alcohol withdrawal, relapse prevention, and alcohol and PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder). These guidelines, together with a range of other resources, are available at http://www.therightmix.gov.au

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Cutting back the booze (abc.net.au article)
Created Friday, 8 July 2005†12:37:58 PM
The typical image of the alcoholic is an old boozer on a park bench, swigging from a bottle of tawny port in a brown paper bag, ranting at the pigeons...

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Prevent problem drinking - by post (ninemsn article)
Created Friday, 8 July 2005†12:37:06 PM
ninemsn Health interviewed A/Professor Sitharthan Thiagarajan. one of the driving forces behind an innovative programme that aims to help people who have an issue with alcohol consumption but who are not actually alcoholics in the public perception of the

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ACARís Controlled Drinking by Correspondence Program selected as finalist in the 2005 National Drug and Alcohol Awards for Excellence in Treatment
Created Friday, 8 July 2005†12:08:11 PM
The National Drug and Alcohol Awards celebrate exceptional work in the field of alcohol and drug prevention and the Controlled Drinking by Correspondence Program has been selected as a finalist for the 2005 Excellence in Treatment awards category...

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Are you depressed, suicidal, and have a drug and/or alcohol problem? Would you like free face-to-face treatment sessions to address these issues?
Created Friday, 8 July 2005†12:00:11 PM
Hopelessness, depression and suicidal ideation are common among people who misuse alcohol and other substances. A general relationship between alcohol / substance abuse and self-harming behaviour has been recognised for decades...

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Tackle your drinking and depression/anxiety in a nation-wide correspondence program
Created Friday, 8 July 2005†11:55:01 AM
Depression and anxiety tend to go hand in hand with people who drink excessively. However, people who suffer from these co-existing conditions are reluctant to receive any assistance. The correspondence method has proven to be successful...

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