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Changing the booze culture: Put the price of alcohol up

JOHN MURPHY
Last updated 05:00 22/01/2013

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Alcohol is too cheap - I have seen prices across this range: $6 for a bottle of wine; $10-$12 for a dozen beers; RTDs/Lolly water $1.30-$2.50 each, 6 for $10.99 or a dozen for $15.

Alcohol is harmful and by increasing the alcohol sales tax demand will fall especially by young ones who drink lots.

When the sales tax rise the alcohol suppliers and producers will produce less wich makes less alcohol available for consumption.

This may also see less alcohol for sale since the demand has fallen.

The alcohol sales tax increase will fund the alcohol harms it dose to society.

Alcohol also needs the cigarette style labeling so individuals can at least see what harm the drink can do before they start drinking.

Alcohol promotions should not see heavy discounting like 25 per cent off all beer/wine/liquors for one week only as this encourages heavy or binge drinking.

We know alcohol is harmful, so if we put alcohol prices up than we cut down on the drinking.


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