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1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Friday, 5 December 2014

Teen Rescue Foundation: please show your support and join

News of an excellent new initiative in Australia involving wine writer Tyson Stelzer:

'Every week in Australia, one teenager between the ages of 14 and 17 dies as a result of alcohol abuse. Rates of drinking at harmful levels among 12-17 year olds have doubled in the past two decades. One in twenty 12-15 year olds engages in regular binge drinking, one in four 16-17 year olds and almost one in two 18-19 year olds. One in two Australian teenagers who get drunk do something they regret. The alcohol problem costs our country $7 billion a year.

The statistics are alarming. But they are turning around. The latest research reveals a remarkable trend: for the first time in decades, rates of underage alcohol abuse are on the decline. Years of work are paying off. The initiatives are working.

Every year across Australia, teams of thousands of organised volunteers are active day and night in schoolies weeks, university o-week parties, camps, music festivals and sporting events, actively looking out for young people, encouraging them to be responsible and picking up the pieces when they’re not. Habits are changing. Young lives are being saved.

In hundreds of schools across Australia every year, experts are presenting the truth about the dangers of underage alcohol abuse to thousands of teenagers and their parents.

The urgency of this vital work is rising, and more and more volunteers are stepping forward to the front line. Organisations like Red Frogs and Scripture Union are expanding their programs.

More resources are needed to train and resource these and other such important operations.

In May 2011, wine writer Tyson Stelzer approached Red Frogs CEO Andy Gourley and Scripture Union CEO Peter James with an ambitious proposal to raise significant funds to resource this crucial work across Australia. Three-and-a-half years of complex legal and financial work later, Teen Rescue Foundation Limited is officially ready to resource the work of combating teen alcohol abuse in Australia.'

Matthew Jukes: Tweet' Whatever you do today make sure you look at new initiative on teen alcohol abuse - incredible work.

Do please do take a look and show your support by joining – it's free. Then spread the word.

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