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The National Drug Research Institute has just released a new study on alcohol supply and control in Central Australia.
A longitudinal study of influences on alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia: with a particular emphasis on the role of price examines and reports on the impact of various alcohol control measures on levels of alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia for the period 2000-2010.
This time-frame included a period which was both prior to and following the introduction of certain alcohol controls:
The associated project was conducted by staff from the National Drug Research Institute and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, and funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The resulting report found a significant reduction in alcohol consumption over the period 2000-2010; a decline in the estimated per person consumption of pure alcohol from about 4.0 litres to about 3.4 litres.
Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said that the study demonstrates that alcohol supply controls had helped combat rising levels of alcohol abuse and violence.
Based on the report, the Minister may consider whether there has been enough of a demonstrated reduction in alcohol-related harm to lift the alcohol restrictions currently in place in some communities within the NT.
For the Minister to consider making any change, however, an Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) that meets certain minimum standards would need to be in place. Consultations on proposed draft minimum standards are currently being undertaken among Indigenous communities and other stakeholders.
Further information on the consultation process can be found on the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs' Tackling alcohol abuse webpage.
Source: Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Ph: (08) 6552 6300
National Drug Research Institute
Health Research Campus
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Ph: (08) 9266 1600