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Calls for drinking age to be raised to 21

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 12 May 2014Pressure is mounting for Australian governments to raise the legal drinking age to 21 to protect the health of young people whose brains are still vulnerable to the toxicity of alcohol at 18, leading health experts say.Four professors of mental health and public health have joined a growing list of influential Australians to call for a new legal drinking age that would bring Australia in line with the US where people cannot buy alcohol until they are 21.They say raising the age limit would protect young people from the brain damage that can be caused by too much alcohol and the harms associated with being drunk, such as car accidents and violence.Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, John Toumbourou of Deakin University’s School of Psychology,  Ian Hickie of the Brain & Mind Research Institute, Kypros Kypri of the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, and Sandra Jones from the Centre for Health Initiatives at the University of Wollongong, said there was increasing evidence that the accessibility of alcohol from the age of 18 was causing great harm to young people.For example, they said a survey of 260 people aged 17 to 19 during end-of-school celebrations on the Queensland Gold Coast in 2010 showed  75 per cent played drinking games, 64 per cent consumed more than 10 drinks per night, and one in five had unprotected sex, in some cases with multiple partners.http://www.smh.com.au/national/calls-for-drinking-age-to-be-raised-to-21-20140512-zraj6.htmllast_img read more

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Jamaica names Williams in Doha team despite positive dope test

first_imgBy Kayon RaynorKINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) – Briana Williams was yesterday named in Jamaica’s team for the world athletics championships in Doha despite facing a hearing into a positive doping test.The inclusion of the world Under-20 double sprint champion in Jamaica’s 55-member squad is contingent on the outcome of her disciplinary hearing, which is set for September 23-25 in Kingston.“We have entered Briana Williams in the 100m and the 4x100m relay, subject of course to clearance,” Lincoln Eatmon, the second vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), told a news conference in Kingston.“Jonielle Smith is the reserve for the 100m and is a part of the 4×100 relay pool,” he added.Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and three-time 100m world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who are both set to contest the 100m, 200m and sprint relay, headline Jamaica’s team for the global championships, which get underway on September 27.With Danielle Williams winning the 100m hurdles Diamond Trophy to secure a wildcard entry to the world championships, JAAA has named four athletes to contest the sprint hurdles, with Janeek Brown, Megan Tapper and Yanique Thompson completing the lineup.Akeem Bloomfield, who only contested the 200m at the Jamaican trials in June but finished third in the 400m final at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Brussels, in a time of 44.67 seconds, will contest one-lap event in Doha.Diamond League finalist Nathon Allen, who also missed the trials due to illness, has been named as a reserve for the 400m.Yohan Blake, 100m World champion in 2011, and Omar McLeod, the defending sprint hurdles champion, headline the men’s team, which also includes Commonwealth discus champion Fedrick Dacres.last_img read more

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