2015 candidates urged to take stand on alcohol and violence

BOOZED up thugs must be stopped.

That's the call from a leading lobby group in the wake of APN-ARM's Hands Off anti-violence campaign.

With alcohol-related harm killing three Queenslanders and injuring 100 others every day, the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol has urged 2015 state election candidates to take a stand.

The coalition of health and community leaders wants all political parties to deliver evidence-based policies to reduce the toll of alcohol abuse.

QCAA chairman Professor Jake Najman said his group had 17 recommendations for candidates to consider.

These included 3am venue closures, 1am lockouts and spending $3 million over four years on a state-wide foetal alcohol spectrum disorders plan and domestic violence and alcohol services.

The coalition also wants bans on alcohol shopper docket promotions and booze advertising at public transport stops.

Australian Medical Association Queensland's Dr Richard Kidd said change was needed now.

"Our state is awash with alcohol and that alcohol is placing an enormous burden on our health system," he said.

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education chief Michael Thorn said the 2015 election was the perfect chance to take a stand.

"In the run up to the Queensland election, we are challenging all political candidates to declare whether they stand for effective evidence-based measures that save lives and reduce harms, or whether they are willing to watch and do nothing as the state's alcohol toll continues to grow," Mr Thorn said.

- APN NEWSDESK



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