Policies are being considered in Australia that may reduce alcohol health risks, it has been revealed. The Western Australian Government is debating whether or not to implement a drinker identification system, which will require everyone buying the substance in a shop to show a card, ABC News reports. It can then be used to check if the individual has been banned from drinking, allowing service to be denied.
Racing and gaming minister Terry Waldron has not revealed what form the trial will take, but he observed that it may be familiar to one in the Northern Territory. "My plan is to travel to Alice Springs and then by the end of the year make a decision about what is the best way to go in parts of [Western Australia]," he told the news provider. Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, recently noted that firmer measures are needed if the problems associated with alcohol misuse in the UK are to be tackled. Posted by Natasha HarrisonNext up the unelected puritan, is even called an "expert and calls for us all to pay more for our tipple
Minimum pricing is the only way to combat alcohol dependence, an expert has claimed. Don Shenker, Alcohol Concern chief executive, noted that without it, supermarkets will continue to sell the substance at low prices. By introducing such a measure, it will mean that a base cost is in place that retailers will not be able to go under, he added. "We need to make alcohol less affordable.
The international evidence shows that we're all better off if the consumption of alcohol is decreased overall," Mr Shenker remarked. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of alcohol-related deaths in the UK has increased consistently from the early 90s. In 2008, there were 9,031 fatalities connected to drinking, which was a hike from the 4,023 who passed away in 1992. By effectively tackling the issue, it would free up more time for police to deal with crime and stop "clogging up" departments in hospitals, Mr Shenker stated. Posted by Natasha HarrisonSince when did Don become an expert? He works if I can use that word, for a non job fake charity that is funded through my taxes. A lobbyist is all Don is an his own expertise is passing off lies, half truths and distorted facts via his agency.