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July 1, 2022

Alcohol reforms should be widespread

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In many parts of NSW alcohol-fuelled violence is a very significant local problem severely affecting many people.

Although Newcastle reduced alcohol-related violence by 37 per cent by slightly reducing opening hours for liquor outlets, authorities refuse to implement these reforms more widely.

Instead authorities support proposals that ‘seem like a good idea’ rather than strategies that have been evaluated rigorously and found to be very effective.

One of the major problems is that there is no level playing field when it comes to alcohol licences.

The drinks industry wins almost every battle. It’s the same story whichever party forms government in NSW.

We need fewer outlets, shorter opening times and less liberal conditions.

The idea of a public defender’s office would help to balance the interests of the community and the interests of the drinks industry. It’s time.

Alex Wodak, former director of drug and alcohol services at St Vincent’s Hospital


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  1. Thank you Alex,

    It’s fantastic that someone of the caliber of Alex Wodak, a national and international expert on Drug and alcohol finds time to comment on our issues in Byron. It proves that the most senior people interested in reducing harms associated with alcohol are watching how Byron tackles the problem

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