Time to tackle grog prob­lem

NT News - - OPINION -

THE banned drinkers reg­is­ter is to be re-in­tro­duced again in Septem­ber but does it go far enough?

I have lived and worked in this fan­tas­tic place for over 40 years and not much has changed in that time, ex­cept for Gove which in­tro­duced a pho­to­graphic ID sys­tem that re­quired you to at­tend a gov­ern­ment-op­er­ated of­fice to ap­ply for a li­cence to pur­chase al­co­hol. This ID was linked by com­puter to ev­ery liquor out­let in town. The BDR is a great weapon in stop­ping ex­cess con­sump­tion by those who could not care less how much they con­sume or in­deed how much al­co­hol costs — an im­po­si­tion on those who do not do the wrong thing.

There­fore, pric­ing of al­co­hol isn’t the an­swer be­cause as I am re­li­ably in­formed, (a drug ad­dict will pay the go­ing price). Drug users and alcoholics will steal, cheat, bad­ger and when to­tally out of it, they will in­jure each other, them­selves, loved ones, med­i­cal car­ers, po­lice etc.

Let’s not stop at the bot­tle shop sup­pli­ers ... why not in­clude clubs, pubs, night­clubs and any other out­let that may es­cape my rea­son­ing. I re­ally can’t un­der­stand why any­one who is on the banned drinkers reg­is­ter can still en­ter a pub, club or any other li­censed premises and still ob­tain al­co­hol. There is a loop­hole here that needs look­ing at.

John, Rapid Creek

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