A MAGISTRATE says government taxes on alcohol should be put towards funding anti-domestic violence programs, even if it means increasing booze prices.
Kingaroy magistrate Simon Young said domestic violence in some Queensland communities was 100 per cent alcohol-related, while in others it might be a “still significant” 30 per cent. Mr Young said it was disappointing that a Special Taskforce into Domestic and Family Violence report downplayed the role of alcohol in the commission of domestic violence.
21 Be There Comment
: Sure, no doubt such a move will help raise money to fund the damage already done - A consumption tax on luxury items (particularly those psychotropic toxins of a carcinogenic nature) is always a smart option, but demand drivers still need to be addressed.
One of the biggest drivers for acute episodic drinking, as well as a significant contributor to chronic long term alcohol use, is early uptake.
Raising the Minimum Legal Drinking Age to 21 will be an effective pre-emptive 'strike' on this demand driver!