Menu
News

Report advises against minimum pricing for alcohol

THE time is not right to implement minimum pricing for alcohol in Australia, a review into the concept has found.

A draft report on the subject, compiled by the Australian National Preventative Health Agency, was released on Thursday.

ANPHA, which received 36 submissions to its review, found evidence existed showing minimum pricing had reduced alcohol-related harm in other countries.

But the evidence was limited and would not easily translate to Australia because drinker behaviour varied from country to country.

It also found while evidence existed in Australia to suggest price changes affected drinkers' buying habits, it was not enough to introduce minimum pricing at this stage.

"While the available evidence shows that, in general, binge and heavier drinkers purchase cheaper alcohol than light and moderate drinkers, modelling the full impact of various minimum price points on Australian consumers switching behaviour at a national level is not currently feasible," CEO Louise Sylvan said.

"Further, Australia has private sector alcohol distribution and retail systems, so unlike other countries that have government controlled alcohol distribution systems which are successfully using minimum pricing strategies to reduce harmful alcohol use, a price increase would flow to private sector suppliers and retailers potentially creating 'monopoly rents.

"Our agency advises that this would significantly reduce the possible benefits to Australians of such a policy at a national level."

The agency also identified problems with alcohol taxation laws in Australia called for a "reappraisal".

It also found data for economic and health research required significant improvement in relation to alcohol policy.

Topics:  alcohol


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Marathon pledge to share pool passion

GREAT LENGTHS: Warwick resident Alan Meade is planning to swim 300 laps to raise money for WIRAC's aquatic disabilities in a Swim-a-thon on March 2.

Warwick man's great lengths to keep local pool inclusive.

Pony club's promise to prevent bullying

SADDLING UP: Jenny Topp's children Connor and Lacey have developed confidence and a sense of respect through riding with the Warwick Pony Club.

Riders take a break from barrels to reflect on important message.

Chance of rain for Apple and Grape

Apple and Grape arches

Mostly sunny conditions for opening weekend

Local Partners