Calls for tighter underage drinking laws have been made by drug body The Australian Drug Foundation, who believe the current laws allowing underage drinking on private property without parental consent are too lax.

The foundation proposed that adults should only be allowed to provide alcohol to minors with their parent’s consent, the adults should only be allowed to provide a maximum of two standard drinks per a minor, and the provision of alcohol must take place under adequate supervision.

Chief executive of the foundation John Rogerson described current legislation as full of holes. “If this legislation was in place years ago, lives could have been saved,” he said.

Last week the Tasmanian Government brought similar laws into effect, making the provision of alcohol to minors on private property without their parent’s consent an offence.

From the

Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.