Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles
Alcohol Floor Price Begins Today
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government is creating safer communities with the commencement of the floor price legislation today, designed to tackle alcohol related violence and crime by targeting problem drinkers.
“Territory Government is creating safer communities by introducing some of the most signification alcohol reforms in the Territory’s history.” Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said.
“There is simply too much alcohol fuelled crime, anti-social behaviour and social dysfunction in the Northern Territory.”
Case for tackling alcohol abuse is clear:
- Territorians drink more than anyone else in Australia per capita, and are even amongst the highest in the world.
- Data from 2009 shows that alcohol related violence and crime is costing Territorians upwards of $640 Million a year. That’s about $4,197 per adult, compared to $943 nationally.
- Northern Territory has the highest rates of hospitalisations related to alcohol abuse in Australia
- 40% of all Territory road fatalities involve an illegal blood alcohol concentration.
Floor price is just one of the 219 recommendations from the Riley Review, designed to tackle alcohol related violence and crime stemming from alcohol abuse.