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Summer Series: The cost of convenience

Our Summer Series features a selection of the stories that you found most interesting during the year. When it comes down to it, governments and communities have three levers at their disposal to reduce alcohol harm: controlling the price, availability and marketing of this addictive, toxic product. Drink Tank featured several articles on these issues during the year.

Do you happen to know anyone who went on a shopping bender over the holiday break?  Are they now faced with the nagging anxiety of repayment deadlines looming until next Christmas rolls around?

Unfortunately, and perhaps regrettably for some people, making impulsive purchases of alcohol using quasi credit services like Afterpay can be a priority all year round.

Our world of convenience is having a huge impact on our health. This is why the price of alcohol and its availability are both factors that policymakers use in regulation and strategies to reduce the burden of harm, which is having great success in the Northern Territory.

Booze now, pay later – the dangerous cocktail of alcohol and Afterpay
‘Alcohol tax only punishes the poor’ argument doesn’t hold water
NT on track keeping Territorians safe and well


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