The impact of an alcohol floor price on critical care admissions in Central Australia

Paul J Secombe, Michael J Bailey and David Pilcher
Med J Aust 2020; 212 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50542
Published online: 4 May 2020

In reply: We agree wholeheartedly with the theme of Clifford and colleagues’ response: the evaluation of the suite of reforms on alcohol policies that have been introduced demands a more sophisticated analysis from a wider range of data sources than that which can be undertaken within the constraints of a research letter. It was never the intent of our letter to be such an evaluation. As clinicians who spend their time at the bedside, the reduction in presentations associated with acute alcohol misuse was noticeable and prompted the analysis published recently in the Journal.1

  • Paul J Secombe1,2
  • Michael J Bailey3
  • David Pilcher4,5

  • 1 Alice Springs Hospital, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 4 The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 5 Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, Melbourne, VIC


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