Alcohol tax reform: now is the time

Christopher M Doran, Wayne D Hall, Brian R Vandenberg, Todd A Harper, Jane E Martin and Mike Daube
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11191
Published online: 12 December 2011

To the Editor: Alcohol misuse is one of the leading causes of preventable death, illness and injury in Australia because too many Australians drink too much alcohol too often. The evidence is clear on what are the most effective strategies to curb alcohol misuse at a population level.1 By far the most effective of these is increasing the price of alcohol by increasing alcohol taxes.

  • 1 Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 2 Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Alcohol, Tobacco and UV, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 5 McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, Curtin University, Perth, WA.

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