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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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This report was issued expressly to avoid delaying action in areas which could, and should, be addressed as a m atter of urgency. It recommended extensive changes to strengthen existing regulatory and legislative controls. The measures to be taken are not set in concrete. Indeed, they should evolve as community attitudes change, and as information becomes available through the examination and appraisal system which will be instituted to determine the nature and extent of their contribution to our goals. What is going to happen? A levy will be introduced on liquor containing more than 3% alcohol the amount related to the alcohol content > to raise revenue to fund our education, treatm ent and rehabilitation programs, plus a range of measures which: rem ove any external perceptions - or local reality - that the Territory is a p lace "aw ash with g ro g ": reduce liquor outlets, trading hours; restrict takeaways from roadside inns; decrease incentives to drink m ore alcohol: prohibit certain forms of discounting; regulate alcohol advertising; prohibit the "booking up of debt for alcohol purchases; prohibit major prizes of alcohol; reduce the cost of beer with less than 3% alcohol; reinforce acceptable standards o f alcohol related behaviour: increased and more effective policing of licensed premises with closure or loss of licence; penalties for serving minors, and for minors misrepresenting their age; heavier drink driving penalties; help families and communities to deal with habitual, heavy, problem d rin k ers : provisions for a magistrate to prohibit supply of alcohol to such drinkers; ensure that servers and sellers o f alcohol are trained to meet their community responsibilities, and have the skills to handle problem drinkers; provide mechanisms for policy directions to die liqu or Commission; m onitor and evaluate the contribution of the various and combined regulatory and legislative measures. Controls are firmly linked to care by the decision to use the levy mechanism to raise revenue for the required expansion in education, treatment and rehabilitation programs. JL3 CARE individuals & families directly experiencing an alcohol problem A range of treatment and rehabilitation programs and services is needed to help those who are experiencing problems, and to reduce the costs which they incur. Programs range across: preventive measures such as early and minimal interventions; 8

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