Reintroducing the alcopops tax is important, but more comprehensive reform of alcohol taxation and other broader measures are needed
To those Australians who believe that alcohol consumption in this country is causing too much damage, and that a public health-focused, evidence-based alcohol policy can make a difference, the defeat of the “alcopops” legislation in the Senate in March this year was a disappointment. However, this is no reason to stop national action to reduce damage from alcohol. The thousands of Australians whose lives are damaged by alcohol, and the hundreds each year whose deaths could be prevented, are too important.1 Concerned organisations need to collaborate and advocate for a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to reducing the alcohol toll. Their ultimate goal should be to move to a more moderate and responsible drinking culture in Australia.
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