9 March 2015
Alcohol takes an unnecessary and significant toll on our
workload, the taxpayer and the health of Australians. Our College
recommends three key measures that governments can implement to
reduce alcohol-related harm. These are summarised as "HOT" issues,
being Hours, Outlets and Taxes. As outlined in the attached
position paper, the most effective measures to address alcohol
related harm are through:
availability of alcohol through reduced outlet density.
of a stepped volumetric tax on alcohol.
The College also supports:
- Efforts to
reduce young people's exposure to alcohol advertising through
policy reforms aimed at reducing the proliferation of alcohol
collection of data on alcohol use in emergency department
presentations, and alcohol sales data.