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Saturday, March 31, 2007

The time has come to end glamourising alcohol sponsorship

THE woes of Ben Cousins and the West Coast Eagles have been dominating the headlines, and commentators from sports journalists to the Prime Minister have weighed in to condemn the use of illicit drugs by high-profile sports stars.

The AFL's so-called drug policy, which seems to be more about keeping drug problems under wraps than about enabling clubs to deal with wayward players, is in tatters and must surely be re-written. But illicit drug use is the tip of the iceberg.

For the AFL as for the rest of the community, a drug that causes far more problems for both sports stars and society does not attract the same level of concern from prime ministers, politicians and sporting administrators.

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