Mark Davis Political Correspondent
LABOR senators want federal and state governments to consider increasing the legal drinking age to 21 as part of a wide-ranging package of measures to tackle harmful alcohol use.
A majority report by the Senate's community affairs committee supported the Government's budget tax increase on alcopops - pre-mixed alcoholic beverages - as a first step towards reducing risky drinking behaviour among young people.
But the report said all the evidence suggested higher alcohol taxes needed to be backed up by a comprehensive approach targeting harmful and hazardous use of alcohol by controlling supply as well as reducing demand.
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