For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 23 June 2013.
The President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, has called on the Premier to consider raising the legal drinking age in NSW.
“Alcohol continues to be the major drug of choice and no one wants prohibition. But in light of the continued rise in binge drinking and alcohol-related violence, it is becoming increasingly clear that the NSW Government needs to consider harm minimisation measures such as restricting the advertising of alcohol, and raising the legal drinking age in NSW.”
He said there appeared to be a direct relationship between the alcohol industry, sport, politicians, and young people drinking to excess.
“Trials in Newcastle demonstrate that earlier pub closing times, lock-outs, and restrictions on the sale of high-alcohol content drinks can significantly reduce alcohol-related violence. We need to see these trials extended, and consider raising the legal drinking age in the interest of public health.”
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.