Alcohol measures

Apr 8, 2015

Q. Do you support or oppose the following measures in relation to alcohol?

  Total support Total oppose   Strongly support Support Oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Banning alcohol sponsorship of sport 59% 27% 32% 27% 20% 7% 14%
Banning alcohol advertising 54% 31% 27% 27% 25% 6% 15%
Increasing the taxation of alcohol to discourage consumption 40% 49% 19% 21% 27% 22% 11%
Restricting liquor outlets to make alcohol more difficult to buy 50% 35% 22% 28% 24% 11% 15%
Increasing the legal age for consumption of alcohol 57% 31% 26% 31% 22% 9% 125
More public education about responsible consumption of alcohol 87% 6% 47% 40% 5% 1% 7%

Measures with most support were more education about responsible drinking (87%), banning alcohol sponsorship of sport (59%), increasing the legal age for consumption of alcohol (57%) and banning alcohol advertising (54%).

Measures to address alcohol-related violence

Jan 28, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose taking the following measures to address alcohol-related violence?

 

 

Total support

Total  oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Harsher mandatory sentences for alcohol-related assaults

87%

8%

53%

34%

6%

2%

5%

Earlier closing times for bottle shops

63%

29%

31%

32%

21%

8%

7%

Earlier closing times for pubs and licensed clubs

69%

26%

35%

34%

19%

7%

6%

Lockouts on licensed premises (where new patrons aren’t admitted after a specified time)

76%

18%

40%

36%

12%

6%

7%

Higher taxes on alcohol

38%

55%

21%

17%

31%

24%

7%

Raising the legal age for buying alcohol

59%

32%

31%

28%

22%

10%

8%

There was strong majority support for each measure listed – except for higher taxes on alcohol (55% oppose).

Strongest support was shown for harsher mandatory sentencing (87%) and lockouts on licensed premises (76%).

Those aged 55+ were the strongest supporters of each measure listed.

For those aged 18-34, while there was strong support for mandatory sentencing (84%), there was less support for earlier closing time for bottle shops (49% support/40% oppose) and earlier closing time for pubs and licensed clubs (51% support/41% oppose).

Lock ‘Em Out

Aug 6, 2012

A quick update on something I pointed out three weeks ago — union workers know a lot more about how to stop alcohol-fuelled violence than most politicians because they are on the front lines.

Two years ago– TWO YEARS AGO — a coalition of unions representing doctors, nurses, paramedics and police officers demanded that politicians act to stop alcohol-fuelled violence. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why: those front-line workers have to deal with the violence and it’s an occupational hazard. Union workers have to transport injured people to hospitals, stitch up the wounds, and restore order in the streets.

So, today’s news vindicates the campaign being run by the Last Drinks campaign:

PUB lockouts that ban patrons entering licensed premises after a late night deadline but allow those already inside to keep drinking could be the answer to curbing drunken violence in Kings Cross, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione believes.

Save lives. Sign the petition.


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