05 Sep, 2011 Last updated: 30 Nov, 2014

The Alcohol Policy Coalition objects to plans tabled by the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores for convenience stores and service stations around the country to sell alcohol.

The Alcohol Policy Coalition has today come out against plans tabled by the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores for convenience stores and service stations around the country to sell alcohol.

“This idea is riddled with problems because we know that when you increase the number of places that sell alcohol, the amount of alcohol-related problems, such as violence or sexual assault, go up significantly,” said Michael Livingston, Research Fellow for the Alcohol Policy Coalition.

“In Victoria alone, alcohol-related harms have increased dramatically in the last two decades as the number of  alcohol stores has gone up. The number of drunken 16-17year olds presenting to emergency rooms has increased  by 33% for males and 66% for females since 1999.”

“Alcohol is responsible for hospitalising 1500 Australians and killing 60 people every week.”

“At a time when governments are struggling to rein in Australia’s $15billion dollar drinking problem, there is no need to add an extra 3000 licensed outlets, especially when 75% of all alcohol sold comes from packaged liquor outlets.”

“Having alcohol in convenience stores will also convey the wrong message to kids -- that alcohol is a normal product right there on the counter with chewing-gum and the newspaper. The harms associated with alcohol are what set it apart. So we as a community need to decide where to draw the line.”

“Alcohol is not milk or bread and shouldn’t be available at every corner store. It is an inherently harmful product that we know is responsible for harms like violence or assault and chronic disease, such as cancer.”

The Alcohol Policy Coalition is calling for State Governments around the country to reject this proposal and prevent even more alcohol-related harms.