Melbourne Nightlife Blog

27 March, 2008

VicHealth wants further alcohol restrictions

While welcoming moves by the two of the largest producers of "alcopops" Fosters and Lion Nathan to reduce their alcohol content of single-serve ready-to-drink mixed drinks to a maximum of 2 standard drinks, VicHealth has called for a maximum of 1.5 standard drinks per product or 5 per cent alcohol concentration per serve.

VicHealth has also isolated a "dirty dozen" of pre-mixed drinks that is believes are "causing a lot of harm amongst young people".

The Herald Sun also highlights arguments for taxing high-alcohol content beverages at a higher rate than low-strength alcoholic drinks. The National Drug Research Institute is reported as saying an increase in the price of high-strength alcohol would reduce alcohol consumption.

Source: Herald Sun

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