Australias NT government will be the first in the country to use minimum unit pricing to tackle alcohol misuse

Australia's NT government will be the first in the country to use minimum unit pricing to tackle alcohol misuse

The Northern Territory has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to confirm plans to implement a minimum unit price for alcohol.

The NT government this week released its response to a report into alcohol abuse in the region. The authority subsequently said it supports a recommendation for MUP.

The report recommends: "A minimum unit price for all alcohol products of approximately AUD1.50 (US$1.17) per standard drink or such other figure as may be determined after appropriate review, in recognition that raising the price of alcohol is a cost-effective way to reduce alcohol-related harm."

The regional Government said it supported the move, which would see a MUP applied to all sales and supply of alcohol in the Northern Territory. However, it has been widely reported that NT attorney general Natasha Fyles intends to implement a AUD1.30 ($1) MUP. Fyles told radio station Mix 104.9 in Darwin that the floor price could be in place as early as 1 July. 

The report also recommended that the figure "be indexed against average ordinary time wages to ensure its effect is not diminished over time".

The news comes days after the Scottish government recommend a GBP0.50 (US$0.70) level for Minimum Unit Pricing - expected to be implemented in May. 

To read the full report, along with the NT government's response, click here

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