The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has endorsed a call by the New South Wales Health Minister for tougher restrictions on alcohol advertising.
In a statement released to the media, the Chair of the College’s Trauma Committee, Professor Danny Cass, commended Minister Della Bosca’s tough line, saying any measure which helps curb the excessive consumption of alcohol is to be welcomed.
“The College has a long and proud record of combating alcohol abuse in the community, most notably
our efforts in the fight against drink driving. We were among the first groups to persuade State
Governments that blood alcohol limits for motorists had to be properly enforced,” Professor Cass said.
“While we are yet to win the fight against drink driving, trauma surgeons are increasingly required to
treat the victims of alcohol related violence in and around clubs, pubs and bars. We are noticing that a considerable number of people injured in falls are alcohol affected, and of course alcohol is commonly a factor in episodes of domestic violence.”
“We strongly support any action which helps reduce the incidence of alcohol fuelled violence in the
community. That’s why the College lends immediate support to Minister Della Bosca’s call for a
national action plan to implement a partial or total ban on alcohol advertising,” he said.