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Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary



Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary

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Tabled Paper 633


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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2 community on the dangers of alcohol, and to educate "at-risk" individuals about the consequences of their actions before they become problem drinkers. Controls The Northern Territory Government recognises that a program of education will achieve its major effects on levels of alcohol consumption in the medium to long term, both on an individual and a community basis. In the short term a number of controls on the cost and availability of alcohol, on liquor licensees and on individuals such as drink drivers and habitual drunks will be introduced. Cost Alcohol abuse has been estimated to cost the community in excess of $150 million a year, or $1000 for every man, woman and child in the Territory. The strategy to combat alcohol abuse will cost about $10 million a year, and will be financed by a levy on retail sales of liquor with an alcohol content of three per cent or more through a "Living With Alcohol" Trust Fund. The levy will be raised at die rate of 7.5 cents on a can of beer (20 cents a litre), 36 cents on a bottle of wine (48 cents a litre), and $1.20 on a bottle of spirits ($1.60 a litre). However, the cost of liquor with less than three per cent alcohol will be cut through a licence fee reduction of seven per cent, or about four cents a can. Combined with the levy on full strength beer this should increase the price differential between light and full strength beer by 11-12 cents a can, or $2.75 a carton, encouraging a move towards consumption of light beer. Availability Controls designed to both reduce die availability of alcohol, or to reduce practices which may lead to excessive consumption, are an important part of the program. Where necessary, legislation will be introduced or amended to: * Remove licences which, by virtue of their location, die manner in which they operate or the behaviour of a particular clientele are identified as contributing unduly to alcohol-related harm. A Task Force of officers from the Liquor Commission, Police, Treasury and the Departments of Chief Minister, Law and Health & Community Services will be formed to identify licences for removal and to consider compensation payable where appropriate. * Prohibit practices, such as price discounting, which may have die effect of encouraging irresponsible or excessive consumption of alcohol on licensed premises; prohibit the use of liquor as the principal prize in a raffle or lottery; and prohibit extension of credit for the purchase of alcohoL