Targeted policies ineffective against binge drinking

Binge drinking is unlikely to be reduced by policies which target specific types of alcohol or drinking locations, according to new research.

A study of drinking behaviour in 1,883 18-30 year olds found the heaviest drinkers were undeterred by policies such as the alcopop tax, and would shift to different drinks if the price of one type of alcohol increased.

Researchers said policies to address binge drinking with widespread targets should be coupled with strategies to reduce alcohol dependence.

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