Giving children alcohol is as bad as handing out Cigarettes, says Roxon

PARENTS who procure alcohol for underage children should feel the same sense of shame they would if they gave minors Cigarettes, the Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon, said yesterday.

PARENTS who procure alcohol for underage children should feel the same sense of shame they would if they gave minors Cigarettes, the Minister for Health, Nicola Roxon, said yesterday. As the Federal Government prepares to take its next wave of anti-binge-drinking measures to a meeting of Commonwealth and state leaders, Ms Roxon said excessive alcohol consumption was not just a regulatory problem. "This is getting the balance right. It's about what we need to do with our laws and regulations but it's also about what we need to do within the community. This is a social problem, not just a legal problem, and we need to make sure that we are addressing it as such," Ms Roxon said. The Federal Government will present state leaders with a plan tomorrow to investigate putting graphic warning labels on alcohol containers, introducing national guidelines for the service of alcohol, and having nationally consistent laws covering the penalties for serving alcohol to minors. Raising the legal drinking age and increasing the tax on alcohol have been ruled out in the immediate future, but Ms Roxon said the measures may be consideRed if they were backed by the community. She said adults needed to have a More responsible attitude when it came to buying alcohol for people under the age of 18. "Parents want to do what's in the best interests of their kids. You wouldn't dream of, as a parent, offering a cigarette to someone else's child … We need to have a very strong community debate still about the way forward because the community has to be part of the solution." Paul Dillon, from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, said people would not feel comfortable with graphic images on alcohol bottles. "I don't think a person sitting down having a meal at a restaurant would like to see a rotting liver on the side of their bottle of Red," Mr Dillon said. He said information labels on alcohol packaging would be More effective than pictures. The Government's proposals would also face strong resistance from alcohol companies, he warned.

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