Anti-alcohol lobby group releases poll: support shown for Australian alcohol law reforms

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 22nd May 2012

Results of a nation-wide survey, released today in Canberra and commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), suggest that regardless of voting intentions, a majority of Australians perceive alcohol as a problem in Australia.

FARE is an independent, not-for-profit lobbying organisation working to “prevent the harmful use of alcohol in Australia”.

Findings from the on-line survey of 1041 Australian voters, conducted by Galaxy Research, suggest that a majority of Labor, Coalition and Greens voters support policies such as health warning labels and restrictions on alcohol advertising.

The survey found that a majority of Australians (76 per cent) believe that Australia has a problem with alcohol – a majority view also held by Coalition voters (75 per cent), Australian Labor Party voters (79 per cent) and Green voters (81 per cent), according to the findings.

 

According to the survey, 67 per cent of Green voters said they support a ban on alcohol advertising on television before 8.30pm, followed closely by a majority of Coalition voters (65 per cent) and Australian Labor Party voters (62 per cent).

FARE Chief Executive, Michael Thorn said, “The bottom line is that, regardless of how Australians intend to vote at the ballot box, their support for government action to tackle alcohol-related harms is unequivocal.”

In April this year, Australian Food News reported on a survey conducted by FARE which found that Australians are “extremely critical of the alcohol industry” and “unimpressed by the industry’s efforts to reduce alcohol-related harms”.