Goon Could Cost $52 Under A Proposal To Curb Alcohol-Related Health Issues
It's no secret that Australians love to drink alcohol. Whether it's a deliciously cold beer, full-bodied red wine or a cheeky rum and coke, alcohol is present at most parties and events.
However, a group of doctors are concerned most parts of the Land Down Under don't have set minimum cost for alcohol.
We've got plenty of rules around the sale and alcohol content of our booze, however there's a call for a 'minimum floor price' to be introduced to curb unhealthy drinking habits.
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians believes it would drastically change how alcohol is sold in the country because retailers would have to charge customers based on how much alcohol is in the bottle, can or sack.
The College hasn't outlined what the floor price would be, but it could mirror the Northern Territory's move last year.
The Top End was the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce a minimum floor price for alcohol, which was $1.30 per standard drink.
If that was installed in other states and territories, cask wine, aka goon, which can sell for as little as $13 for a four litre sack, would end up costing $52 because it contains 40 standard drinks.
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Professor Paul Haber said: "When you have incredibly cheap wine, you facilitate heavy drinking.
"By putting the price of alcohol up, people will drink less especially before they go out at night."
Professor Haber said young people typically drink loads before they go out because drinks prices in pubs and clubs are a lot more expensive. Well duh.
Now, it's worth mentioning that this is just a proposal being put forward by concerned doctors and hasn't been flagged by any state government.
But with Queensland and New South Wales having pretty strong views towards drinking and nightlife behaviour, it's no surprise that many are worried this proposal could be adopted.
Australian Grape and Wine chief executive Tony Battaglene told the Sydney Morning Herald: "We are watching how it goes in the Northern Territory but we believe all it has done is take cask wine out of the market and so people will substitute it for other frms, possibly drugs.
"We believe that a better response would be more targeted measures around responsible drinking."
You can be damn sure there would be a lot of people who would be upset if they're beloved goon sack suddenly started costing them more than $50.
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