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Controlled 'safer drinking areas' should be established in Aboriginal communities to 'save lives' operating under long-term leases that would be approved by land councils, in a bid to stop deaths in informal drinking camps in the Northern Territory.
This proposal, and another to ban pregnant women from being sold alcohol, have been put forward by Aboriginal academic Marcia Langton and her colleagues to a parliamentary inquiry looking at the harm caused by alcohol to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. They call for a radically different approach to stop alcohol use and harm.
Source: The Australian