Alcohol and tax — time for real reform

Mike Daube and Julia Stafford
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (6): 218-219. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00022

Alcohol tax reform would reduce harm and costs — and could fund major prevention and treatment programs

Australia’s first comprehensive report on drugs was entitled Drug problems in Australia — an intoxicated society? This 1977 report from the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare noted that alcohol “now constitutes a problem of epidemic proportions”. The Committee concluded that, given the extent of the problem, “any failure by governments or individuals to acknowledge that a major problem — and potential national disaster — is upon us would constitute gross irresponsibility”.1

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  • Mike Daube1,2
  • Julia Stafford2

  • 1 Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, WA
  • 2 McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, Curtin University, Perth, WA


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