Taxes on alcohol a dog's breakfast says critic

Taxes on alcohol a dog’s breakfast says critic

New health warnings are set to appear on wine bottles in Australia, but health industry experts claim more industry changes are still needed.  At as little as $2 a bottle, or 30 cents per standard drink, they say wine is just too cheap – cheaper even than bottled water!  This is partly due to oversupply […]

By Katrina RoeMonday 25 Jul 2011Hope MorningsHealth and WellbeingReading Time: 1 minute

New health warnings are set to appear on wine bottles in Australia, but health industry experts claim more industry changes are still needed.  At as little as $2 a bottle, or 30 cents per standard drink, they say wine is just too cheap – cheaper even than bottled water!  This is partly due to oversupply but also because wine is taxed differently to other alcoholic beverages.  This means its becoming the drink of choice for those who drink to get drunk.

Professor Michael Daube is the Director of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth and he says the current tax system on alcohol is a ‘dog’s breakfast’ and needs to be reformed.

Listen Now – Michael Daube says the current taxes on alcohol needs reform