Jan 8, 2014

Get Fact: will more expensive booze cut binge drinking?

Increasing the price of booze, especially cask wine, will cut binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence, right? Wrong, writes freelance journalist Callum Denness -- unless nanna's been hanging out at Kings Cross.

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New Year’s Eve brought more alcohol-related violence, again prompting claims — this time by Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation head Dr Alex Wodak — that alcohol is too cheap. That was the message in the lead-up to Christmas and one that is repeated predictably after every high-profile “king hit”.

But the effectiveness of tax in reducing binge drinking is not clear.

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