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GAPC 2017: The compelling case for alcohol price reforms

Welcome to Drink Tank’s coverage of GAPC2017.

It is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers, researchers and practitioners and it’s being held, for the first time in Australia.

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference officially commences on Wednesday 4 October, but the Drink Tank team is already on the ground.

Over the course of the week and the weeks following, we will endeavour to capture the highlights of the Conference and cover the issues and the speakers of note.

Look out for a series of video interviews with GAPC presenters, a nightly wrap-up & preview video (tonight and again on Wednesday and Thursday evening) and a series of written content.

Top national and international alcohol harm experts met today at a GAPC pre-event symposium and delivered a compelling case for progressive alcohol price reform that focuses on increasing alcohol price and reducing availability and marketing.

We caught up with two of those experts, Dr John Holmes from the University of Sheffield and Dr Tim Stockwell from the University of Victoria ahead of the event.

They explain why minimum pricing is such as an effective measure to prevent and reduce the harmful use of alcohol and alcohol related-harm.

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