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60 Deaths a Week from Booze

Posted on: October 4, 2009

Just remove all the medical costs of the effects of booze from the free health system for starters and then seriously examine the principle of user pays for the social consequences. Partners glassed or beaten up, punch ups on a night out, police and ambos called to pick up a drunk from the gutter for their own safety, drivers on the road seriously impaired, and too many drunk young women complaining about being sexually assaulted. We have no problem with what turns any one on with the alcohol. The deterrent? –  pay for the consequences. The cost of a police call out, the ambos trip to casualty, the cost of the victims, attention of the duty staff and a night in comfort to sober up and the shock of being told what happened while reading the bill would be a more of a  deterrent than the pedestrian idea of raising taxes. If it be too costly, it throws the responsibility back on the circle of so called friends who have let it all happen. The principle of user pays is a universally accepted principle. Is it not? We should be forcing, not asking the legislators to address both the issue and the method to reduce the huge cost to the community.

To view story and our comment online go to: http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/comments/0,,26152454-2682,00.html



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