Doctors push for tougher alcohol restrictions

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Addiction Editor

drinking-alcoholA group of Australian doctors wants to see the legal drinking age increased to combat drunken violence and has submitted an 80 page report to the senate.

Raising the drinking age is just one of nine recommendations being made in the report submitted by the Royal Australia College of Physicians which also includes:

  • Putting the right price on alcohol.
  • Further restricting the physical availability of alcohol.
  • Penalising breaches of advertising and marketing restrictions on alcohol.
  • Raising the minimum purchase age for alcohol.
  • Further reducing the incidence of drink driving.
  • Improving prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
  • Providing more effective and accessible alcohol treatment services.
  • Strengthening data collection and evidence.
  • Bringing it all together: A comprehensive policy approach to reduce alcohol-related harms.

Spokesperson from the RACP and co-author of the report Professor Paul Haber says the concept of raising the drinking age was one of the more controversial recommendations from the report.

To listen to the full interview from Brisbane Live with Ben Davis click here.

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