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Commissioner supports calls for introduction of minimum floor price for alcohol

Commissioner Colin Pettit has supported calls for the introduction of a minimum (floor) alcohol price in Western Australia.

“I have heard first-hand from children across WA that they do not feel safe and that their wellbeing suffers when there is excessive alcohol consumption around them,” Mr Pettit said.

“I strongly support the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in WA and encourage anyone who values a safe community for our children to do the same.

“A minimum (floor) price is not the only answer, however it is an important step towards reducing the amount of alcohol-related harm in our communities.

Excessive alcohol use in households and the community has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people, including modelling of poor drinking behaviours, family arguments, injury, neglect, abuse and violence.

A new report The Case for a Minimum (Floor) Price for Alcohol in Western Australia from the Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition released today states that alcohol use in WA is above national and international standards and is responsible for a substantial burden of health and social harms.