Government needs to act urgently on alcohol: AMA (WA)

Government needs to act urgently on alcohol: AMA (WA)


Tuesday 14 January 2014

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The State Government should implement the key recommendations of the review of the Liquor Control Act without delay, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.

 

“The recommendations made by the reviewers are eminently sensible and would be a huge leap forward in the battle to reduce the harm of alcohol while taking an adult approach to its responsible supply and use,” AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.

 

“In particular, I congratulate the committee members for proposing to protect children and young people with recommendations to ban secondary supply of alcohol and its recommendation on energy drinks,” he said.

 

The AMA is also very happy with the recommendations relating to alcohol and advertising, especially in relation to advertising likely to have an impact on children.

 

“The ball is now in the Government’s court. While it is important for the Minister to seek comment on the report’s recommendations, for the good of the health of all Western Australians, but particularly young people, a tight time limit must be set for this,” Dr Choong said.

 

“It is also very pleasing that the Committee has listened to the voice and proposals of public health groups, including the AMA. It is these groups that have the real health interests of West Australians at heart.

 

“The battle against the negative impact of alcohol has been a long battle and will continue to be so. However we congratulate the committee for taking such a firm step forward in this fight.

 

“It is now up to the Minister and the Government as whole to ignore the almost certain challenge against the committee’s recommendations and act for the good of our community,” Dr Choong said.

 

The full review is available online at www.rgl.wa.gov.au

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