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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