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Binge drinking in Australia

A surge in alcohol-fuelled violence and binge drinking have forced Australia's most populous state to bring in tough, new laws to combat binge drinking. The New South Wales government is introducing tougher licensing laws amid growing fears that Australia's boozy culture has spiralled out of control. Correspondent Phil Mercer reports on a record 1,500 assaults on police officers by drunks so far this year.

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