Supermarket promotions undermining public health

Australia’s two major supermarket chains are using alcohol discounts to entice new customers, undermining public health initiatives to reduce excessive drinking, research reveals.

A new study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health examined the alcohol discount offers available across 34 Coles/Bi-Lo and Woolworths supermarkets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over a one-week period, and found that 33 of the 34 outlets offered “unprompted” alcohol discounts on receipts for a free bottle