Alcohol: What kind of drinker are you?

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Stock image of woman drinking wine Bold discussion around why and how Australians drink. Baby boomers are hitting the bottle at home often, while more young people say ‘no thanks’. So what does this mean for our future?

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Thursday 10 October 2019 06:30 pm until Thursday 10 October 2019 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Tania Sheward
Presented by:
Francis Leach
Type of Event:
Alumni; Community Event; Public Lecture
$15 General | $10 Alumni & Staff | $7.50 Concession

Young people are drinking less now than in past decades – and it’s not because they are taking other drugs instead, despite what you might read in the press.

By contrast, a new 'at-risk' group is emerging - baby boomers. At home, they are hitting the bottle behind closed doors. Often at risky levels that puts their long-term health on the line.

What's behind this generational divide? La Trobe University alcohol experts and journalists will explore this trend and the impact that alcohol has on the wider community.

Our panel: Melbourne editor of The Guardian Gay Alcorn, author George Megalogenis and ABC journalist Flip Prior. They are joined by Dr Sarah Callinan and Dr Michael Livingston from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University.

About the speakers

Gay Alcorn, Guardian journalist

Gay Alcorn is the Melbourne editor of The Guardian Australia. She began her career at The Courier Mail in Brisbane, and worked for 20 years at The Age in Melbourne, where she was Washington correspondent, investigative reporter and deputy editor.

She was editor of The Sunday Age for four years until 2012, before joining the Guardian, where she writes on culture and politics and is a regular columnist. She has won three Walkley awards and a Quill award for best commentary in 2018.

George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades’ experience in the media. His book, The Australian Moment, won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great.

George is a highly engaging speaker and presenter who deals with big-picture social trends. An insightful commentator, he has been a regular guest on the ABC’s political analysis program Insiders, and in 2015 wrote and presented the documentary tribute to former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser, Life Wasn’t Meant To Be Easy.

Flip Prior, ABC journalist

Flip Prior is a journalist at the ABC,and previously she trained journalists and politicians as part of her role at Twitter Australia. She has also worked at the Walkley Foundation for Journalism, and as an award-winning reporter for The West Australian newspaper based in remote Kimberley.

In late 2018 – partly as a dare and partly out of curiosity after an adult lifetime of drinking (and often to excess) – she decided to quit the bottle once and for all and write about the experience of becoming a non-drinker for the ABC. In her downtime, Flip sings and performs in two acapella groups.

Dr Michael Livingston

Dr Michael Livingston is one of Australia’s leading alcohol policy researchers based at La Trobe University. He has a strong track record in publications, grants and is committed to translating research into real policies.

He leads the quantitative research group within CAPR and his work examines trends and patterns in alcohol consumption, as well as the impact of alcohol policies on reducing harm.

Dr Sarah Callinan has made significant contributions to alcohol research, both in Australia and around the world.

Dr Sarah Callinan

An ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellow, she works on multiple internationally collaborative research projects and is a regular in print, radio and online, including The Conversation.

As a researcher at La Trobe University's Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR),Sarah is interested in alcohol consumption in the home, older drinkers and screening tools that identify harmful drinking.

About the Host

Francis Leach is a broadcaster, journalist, writer and passionate fan of The Clash, Francis is a man in love with ideas.

Francis Leach

He’s passionate about people and their capacity to create and achieve greatness and he explores the human condition through his love of sport, music, popular culture and great writing. Francis engages in meaningful conversations and asks the right questions, even the tough ones, and his extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge across any number of fields has given him a unique perspective on life and an amazing ability to connect with his audience.

Venue Accessibility

Wheelchair access is available - please enter via Entry 3 at 179 La Trobe Street.

Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3

State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, 179 La Trobe Street



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