Mike Daube (E-mail: and Julia Stafford


Daube, M. and Stafford, J. (2020), Ending cheap alcohol gets promising results. Med. J. Aust., 212: 214-215. doi:10.5694/mja2.50515

Medical Journal of Australia 2020; 212 (5)
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Ending cheap alcohol gets promising results


The evidence from real world implementation is compelling.

There is no shortage of evidence‐based recommendations regarding measures for reducing the considerable health and social harms associated with alcohol use in Australia and elsewhere — nor of opposition from the powerful alcohol industry and its allies to anything that might be effective. Their counter‐arguments, here as elsewhere, are all too familiar: voluntary approaches are best; anything that might reduce alcohol harms is draconian, penalises ordinary consumers, and interferes with individual liberties; no one measure will solve the problem overnight; more research is needed — and above all, as in other areas, nothing should ever be done for the first time.

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