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Reduce 'On-licence' liqour tax, offset it with an increase in 'Off-licence' liqour tax
A big part of the binge drinking culture is 'pre-loading'. Part of this is driven by the fact it costs $10-12 dollars for a beer at a bar/pub vs $2 from an off-licence. As a 27 year old, I know all to well the feeling of try to drink your beers faster as it will be too expensive to buy them when I'm out. If we increase the tax on 'off licence' purchases (beers from the supermarket etc) and decrease it in 'on licence' venues, you encourage the right behaviour - drinking in a controlled and supervised (community) environment. This also means the need to consume excess due to an impending price hike is fully removed. The europeans achieve this well - we ought to learn from them. I'm on the fence for voting for TOP but this policy could've been smarter
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