Amity’s contribution to the Northern Territory Government’s Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review
“No matter what time of the day or night … one can find, in and around some of the hotels of Darwin, idlers sitting about, or bar loungers and beer ‘chasers’ quaffing the ‘cup that cheers’, ‘spitting and blaspheming’. … Darwin hotels …. are the scenes of orgies that would bring despair to the heart of the bravest temperance reformer. .. I have stood by and heard the maniacal howls of drink distempered men, men in physique only – in all else beasts – yelling curses and imprecations in a babel of tongues. In fact it is a common Darwin cosmopolitan scene.” Extract from Hansard, Thursday, 15 March 1917
Even in the midst of World War 1 problematic alcohol consumption in the Northern Territory was exercising the minds of Politicians.
The Territory has a long history of alcohol consumption and related harms. We experience these harms because of the amount of alcohol we consume as a community and a deeply embedded culture of drinking.
The Territory has previously shown that we can impact on alcohol harms in a positive and non- judgemental way through effective leadership, policy and collaboration, for example The Living with Alcohol Program. If we are to achieve change that is sustainable it will be from planned long-term commitment that receives broad political and community support and is appropriately resourced with the focus on harm minimisation.
Read more (pdf)