In August 2013, Cancer Council NSW responded to the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing Statutory Review of the Liquor Act 2007.
Through this review, Cancer Council NSW encouraged the NSW Government to broaden their scope of alcohol harm minimisation to consider the long-term implications of risky alcohol consumption, including the risk of developing alcohol-related cancer.
In this submission, Cancer Council NSW recommended:
1. The definition of harm minimisation in the Liquor Act 2007 is broadened to encompass both long-term harms from chronic disease as well as short-term harms caused by excessive consumption of alcohol.
2. The Liquor Act 2007 is amended to ban competitions and any promotions that encourage rapid consumption of alcohol, drinking to excess or intoxication.
3. The NSW Government should investigate the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol.
4. That routine independent collection and publication of alcohol sales data in NSW is conducted alongside self-reported consumption data to allow accurate consumption levels and drinking patterns to be determined.
5. The local community are informed about all new liquor licence applications and variations to existing liquor licences through notification in the local newspaper and electronically.