There's a proposal to increase the price of alcohol to prohibitively expensive levels to curb antisocial drinking in Aboriginal communities (and presumably in towns too). To this I have two comments:
- the price would have to be increased for everyone, and I can't imagine your average bloke in Alice Springs paying $10-$15 for a can of beer.
- It would severely increase problems for the non-drinking members of the family. For someone who wants to drink and is already quite happy to steal from granny to do so, $10 or $50 for a bottle of port is not going to make much difference. It is, however, going to have on effect on the people who get humbugged for the money.
The relevant analogy is gambling – would someone seriously propose that a solution to problem gamblers is to raise the stakes by 500%?