Thanks Russell for posting a link to our petition to …

Comment on Real Action in the wrong direction? by Michael Thorn.

Thanks Russell for posting a link to our petition to encourage the Government to adopt mandatory warning labels for alcohol. Alcohol warning labels are just one piece of the puzzle in addressing alcohol-related harms. My organisation, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is also working on policies that focus on the way that alcohol is priced, marketed and made available. This means increasing the price of the cheapest alcohol products, preventing prolific and harmful marketing practices, and reducing the massive oversupply of alcohol.
It is naive to simply state that addressing alcohol misuse is solely the responsibility of the drinker. Our research into alcohol’s harm to others clearly demonstrates that alcohol misuse affects more than just the individual drinker, it also impacts on families and friends, employers and the general community. If the imperative to act and make hard decisions about the harms that alcohol makes to the drinker, then surely the harms made to those around the drinker are a greater motivation for reform.
Michael Thorn
Chief Executive
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

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