Is cask wine on borrowed time?

Plans to place a minimum price on alcohol could spell the end for cask wine and deprive many pensioners of their evening glass of wine.

A Government inquiry was recently advised that raising the price of booze was the best way to reduce the 813,000 hospital admissions and the 32,600 deaths related to alcohol each year. Cask wine was removed from sale in the Northern Territory and is said to have attributed to a reduction in assaults.

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency has been asked to model a floor price for a standard drink, which equates to 100ml of wine. Suggestions for this floor price are in the region of $1.30, which would result in a four-litre cask of wine costing around $52.

While few people will argue against the need for a reduction in alcohol-related illness, those who can only afford to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine when bought in a cask, will feel hard-done by.

Do you think that increasing the cost of a standard unit of alcohol will reduce the incidence of alcohol-related illness and violence?

Written by Debbie McTaggart