Prospect of reintroducing Alice Springs' banned drinker register sparks debate

21. října 2014 v 23:51
The potential reintroduction of the controversial banned drinker register (BDR) in Alice Springs has sparked debate amid criticisms that the current policy of stationing police outside bottle shops is ineffective and racially divisive.The Alice Springs -Alcohol Reference Group (ARG), an advisory group putting together community strategies around alcohol management, is discussing recommendations for an alcohol management plan, and the return of BDRs has been raised.Some members have spoken out in support of the register which saw repeatedly offending problem drinkers placed on a list preventing them from buying takeaway alcohol.In March, information presented to an inquiry said alcohol-related admissions to hospital emergency departments had doubled after the removal of the BDR once the Country Liberals took office in 2012.

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