Booze ‘hot spots’ targeted

AN alliance of 14 health and community bodies has called for the Victorian Government to introduce an “alcohol harm zone” policy to crackdown on new liquor licences in domestic violence hotspots, which could include Mildura. 

Experts at the Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) said the move was necessary due to evidence that suggested alcohol elevated the frequency and severity of family violence and contributed to 65,000 incidents each year. 

Alcohol harm zones would give regulators the authority to reject or restrict new liquor licence applications in areas with high levels of alcohol-related incidents, including family violence or ambulance attendances. 

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