Patience required for cultural shift on alcohol

The AMA’s call for a national summit to tackle widespread alcohol misuse has been given the thumbs up by health advocacy groups across the country but one public health expert cautions that any resulting change will take time.

Professor Mike Daube (pictured), the Public Health Association of Australia’s spokesman on alcohol, says assuming the summit goes ahead and all parties agree on a course of action, expecting instant results is not realistic.

“Look what happened with tobacco reform,” he said. “For the