In a bid to combat drunken violence, a group of Australian doctors is urging the government to increase the legal drinking age in the country, says a News.com.au report.
New legal drinking age pushed in submission to senate
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians made the plea in a submission to a senate inquiry into alcohol-fuelled violence. In its submission, the doctors wants a new minimum purchase age for certain types of alcohol and for all takeaway alcohol. The group, however, did not suggest an age. Instead, the doctors are proposing that a public consultation on a new legal drinking age be held.
Aside from a raised legal drinking age, the RACP is also calling for a lower blood alcohol limit for drivers. The report initially suggests the limit be reduced to 0.02, but it also hints at a zero limit for all drivers.
“Australians have a culture of alcohol — that’s fine, but we also have a problem with alcohol,” says RACP President Nicholas Talley.
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A good idea whose time has come
As RACP President Talley said, Australia has a drinking culture, and more and more youngsters are dipping their toes into that culture. Admittedly though, drinking among the youth is not an issue that’s exclusive to Australia. Still, it would be great to know that our children will have to wait just a wee bit longer before they can (legally) get their hands on booze. Then again, an increased legal drinking age is not likely to deter teenagers from exploring various means of procuring alcohol. That has always been the case with past generations, and that will always be the case with future ones.
We also agree with the RACP proposal for a lower blood alcohol limit for drivers. Drink driving is a big problem in Australia. A much lower blood alcohol limit would enable authorities to get even slightly intoxicated drivers off the roads before something worse happens.