The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has congratulated the NT Government on becoming Australia’s first jurisdiction to introduce a minimum floor price for alcohol.
Chief executive Dr Erin Lalor says the Government is showing leadership by recognising the strong link between price, alcohol consumption and related harms such as violence and ill-health.
“A minimum floor price for alcohol will play an important role in helping to reduce problematic drinking and its related harms among the Northern Territory’s heaviest and youngest drinkers, whilst having little impact on cost for moderate drinkers,” Dr Lalor said.
“Congratulations to the Government for taking the steps towards a healthier and safer community,” Dr Lalor added.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is calling on other jurisdictions across Australia to follow the lead of the Northern Territory.
“Price is a major determinant of people’s drinking. We know that when the cost of alcohol goes up, the heaviest drinkers consume less,” Dr Lalor said.
“Evidence from overseas is showing that introducing a minimum floor price for alcohol is an effective way to reduce the public health burden associated with problematic drinking,” Dr Lalor added.
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