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Should The Legal Drinking Age be Raised in Australia?

alcoholShould the Australian government be considering raising the legal drinking from 18 to 21 to reduce alcohol fuelled harm? A prestigious group of doctors thinks it should.

The group of doctors believe alcohol violence has gotten out of hand and have put forward recommendations that include increasing the minimum purchase age for certain types of alcohol and for take away alcohol.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians recently put forward a submission which proposes public consultation on these issues.

The doctors submitted an 80 page report urging the government to also consider increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks with higher health risks.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/drink/calls-for-drinking-age-to-be-raised-and-blood-alcohol-limit-for-drivers-to-be-lowered/news-story/c640f8bb0fe26da8ec099ab6c2e06095

Sugar Tax Could Bring in Millions in Revenue

cokeIn addition to saving thousands of lives, a 20 per cent tax on sugared beverages such as the one we’ve seen implemented in The UK, could raise at least $400 million a year, according to a study.

The research conducted by the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health and the Obesity Coalition is the first of its kind to model Australian population data to assess the impact of a sugary drinks tax.

In the first 25 years of a sugar drinks 20 per cent tax, there would be 16,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes. There would also be fewer cases of heart diseases and stroke.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/sugar-tax-could-save-1600-lives-raise-400-million-australian-research-shows-20160413-go5mgh.html#ixzz467ZBqS4l