Few benefits

THE rise in the number of large warehouse-style discount liquor stores is of particular concern due to their size, budget pricing and aggressive marketing.

Research evidence indicates there to be few benefits, if any, to local communities from the presence of liquor superstores but there are many potential negative effects.

These include traffic congestion, unfair commercial competition with smaller, locally owned liquor outlets, drinking in local parks and streets/laneways near to the liquor outlets, especially by at-risk and socially disadvantaged people, and increased crime and violence in the local area.

A growing body of well-researched evidence indicates a strong connection between the density of packaged liquor outlets, the size of the outlets, the availability and affordability of alcohol, and increased consumption resulting in a range of serious problems.

These include assaults, domestic violence, child maltreatment, vehicle crashes, pedestrian injuries, injuries to young adults, and hospital treatment for anxiety, stress, depression and other adverse health problems.

Research also shows that providing alcohol at lower costs (typical of liquor superstores) increases purchases and excessive consumption, especially for those on limited incomes and those aged 18-29.

Based on the research evidence, a Dan Murphy’s liquor superstore at the Como Hotel site is likely to have significant adverse effects on the South Perth community.

PETER HOWAT, Karawara