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A research report released by the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation of Darwin has revealed new statistics about its homeless population.
The research found that 50% of homeless people in Darwin, known as 'long grassers' and comprising almost all Aboriginal people, drink almost every day, and are consuming around 90 standard drinks a week.
The release of the report has sparked a renewed call for a minimum price for alcohol in the Northern Territory. Dr John Boffa, who has been an advocate for alcohol reforms, says these figures are further evidence of the need for a floor price on alcohol.
'This report highlights the complete abject failure in public policy on alcohol in the Darwin region,' he said. 'This research has shown that 70% of the long grassers are now drinking cheap, two-litre port. The heaviest drinkers continually find and drink the cheapest product on the market.'
Long grassers are widely perceived as having chronic alcohol abuse problems, but the Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation says their drinking habits have never been documented thoroughly until now.
Source: ABC News
Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation
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