Newcastle liquor rules earn NSW a 'most improved' mark

ALCOHOL policies developed in Newcastle have helped NSW earn a most improved mark from the National Alliance of Action on Alcohol.

Formed in 2009, the Alliance (NAAA) represents more than 70 organisations and has given scorecards to states for their alcohol polcies since 2013.

Alliance spokesman and Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education chief executive Michael Thorn said introducing lockouts in Sydney and Kings Cross was a key part of NSW's score rising to 11.5 out of 28, a score of 41 per cent.

That figure is up 10 per cent since last year.

Those measures were closely modelled on a similar scheme brought into force in Newcastle in 2008.

Other measures credited with NSW's rise are a statewide 10pm closing time for bottleshops and a risk-based annual licensing fee for liquor outlets.

"The results of this year’s National Alcohol Policy Scorecard highlight that NSW is on the right track when it comes to the prevention and reduction of the State’s heavy alcohol toll," Mr Thorn said.

"Each day in NSW alcohol is responsible for 66 assaults, 28 emergency department presentations, 142 hospitalisations and three deaths."

Despite its strong year-on-year rise the ACT and Western Australia both outranked NSW, scoring 48 per cent and 45 per cent respectively.


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