Listen to Nick Cater's interview with Rod Henshaw here.
Following the release of a new report by the MRC entitled Damn Lies and Statistics: The demonisation of the alcohol industry, MRC Executive Director Nick Cater spoke with 2CC's Rod Henshaw on the wild exaggerations made by anti-alcohol campaigners on the cost of social damage caused by alcohol.
An independent review commissioned by the Menzies Research Centre and conducted by Cadence Economics, has found claims that alcohol costs the community tens of billions of dollars a year are based on rubbery economics and questionable evidence.
The review also found that the temperance lobby had ignored the social and health benefits of moderate drinking. It also ignored the estimated $15.6 billion the alcohol industry contributes the economy, including $2.2 billion in exports, and employment for 126,000 Australians.