The case for minimum pricing in WA15 Feb 2019
Minimum pricing is a regulatory measure that sets a floor price per standard drink below which alcohol cannot be sold. Minimum pricing would reduce liquor retailers’ ability to heavily discount and sell alcohol at very cheap prices. It is targeted towards reducing drinking among the heaviest drinkers, while having minimal impact on moderate drinkers.
In Canada, minimum pricing has been associated with reductions in alcohol consumption, health-related harms such as alcohol-related hospital admissions, deaths due to alcohol, and crime, including violent offences and night-time alcohol-related traffic offences for men.
There is strong support for minimum pricing among WA community members and organisations, with independent survey results showing the majority of WA adults believe cheap alcohol is harmful to the community and want the government to take action on alcohol.
Minimum pricing in WA would build on the momentum for the measure internationally and in Australia, and is likely to make an important contribution to preventing and reducing harms from alcohol in WA, including among young people and across the community.