Youths, Alcohol & Moral Panic

Youths, Alcohol & Moral Panic

A guest post from Siobhan Harris: Yesterday the National Summit on Alcohol Marketing to Young People was held in Parliament House in Canberra. The event was in association with the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAF).  In attendance were public health experts, non-government organizations, law enforcement bodies, youth associations and ‘experts in alcohol’. Together they reached a ‘broad consensus’, that youths were being exposed to alcohol advertising and marketing. They also list the ways in which youths were being exposed such as social media platforms like Facebook. They patted…

Should There Be A Minimum Price For Alcohol?

Should There Be A Minimum Price For Alcohol?

If you were a sane or reasonable person, or someone aware of concepts such as “evidence”, the answer would be be a clear and obvious no. After all, it’s a deeply regressive violation of individual liberty that hits the poor the hardest, and doesn’t work in reducing alcohol consumption: there is no relationship between alcohol prices and alcohol related harm. So, it’s pretty obvious that “the only significant effects that sin taxes have are to make the poor poorer and black marketeers richer”. Still, never let the facts get in the way…