High cost of cheap al­co­hol

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

THE grow­ing prob­lem of heavy drink­ing among older gen­er­a­tions re­quires tough leg­isla­tive ac­tion that would sig­nal the end of cheap wine for­ever, says a lead­ing ex­pert on drugs and al­co­hol.

Drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion ex­pert Dr Adrian Reynolds has urged gov­ern­ments to look at higher taxes for al­co­hol and bans on al­co­hol pro­mo­tions.

“There should be no cheap wine, no dis­count­ing and no cheap drinks to se­duce peo­ple into drink­ing more,” said Dr Reynolds, who is pres­i­dent of the Chap­ter of Ad­dic­tion Medicine within the Royal Aus­tralian Col­lege of Physi­cians.

The call fol­lows re­cent na­tional data show­ing al­co­hol use is in­creas­ing dra­mat­i­cally among the over 50s, while de­creas­ing among younger age groups.

Lead au­thor Ann Roche, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing on Ad­dic­tion, says there has been a rise in al­co­hol mis­use among “Baby Boomers”, peo­ple born be­tween 1946 and 1964.

New Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics fig­ures show al­co­hol con­sump­tion rose na­tion­ally last year by 4.5 per cent, to 189.1 mil­lion litres of pure al­co­hol – equat­ing to 9.7 litres of pure al­co­hol per per­son.

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