Liberalised Booze Laws Must be Reversed

Media Release 8 November 2010
Family First NZ says that the government’s response to alcohol laws to be introduced in parliament tomorrow will have little effect on our binge drinking culture and as a result the problems of domestic violence, child abuse, underage drinking, public drunkenness, repeat drunk driving offences and binge drinking will continue.   

“The binge drinking culture has been spiralling out of control as we have liberalised laws and controls around alcohol abuse. In 1989 alcohol law changes eased restrictions for off-licence selling including supermarket and grocery stores selling, and availability increased as trading hours of on-licence venues were extended. And then in 1999 we foolishly lowered the drinking age, allowed the sale of beer in supermarkets and further increased trading hours,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“In response, the government has tackled the festering sore of alcohol harm with a tickle, and in the process ignored the overwhelming voice of NZ’ers and groups representing families and communities who made key recommendations to the Law Commission.” 

“Polls over the last couple of years have shown that 2/3’rds or more of NZ’ers want the drinking age raised to at least 20, instant fines for public drunkenness, on-license premises to close by 2am, and the legal blood-alcohol limit lowered to 50. These opinions have been ignored. The government says they are listening – the question is to who?” 

“The split drinking age sends a mixed message and also ignores the growing body of medical evidence regarding the harms of alcohol to teenagers and young people. Increasing parental responsibility for underage drinking is not what has been asked for either. NZ’ers overwhelmingly want the age increased and parents want legal backing and enforcement – not more responsibility to try and counter the prevailing culture of excessive drinking.” 

Family First is also disappointed with the lack of strong action on health warnings on all alcohol products, loss leading and availability within supermarkets, marketing of RTD’s, and pre-vetting and restrictions on alcohol advertising. 

“Ironically, public health campaigners in Australia today called for bottle shop exclusion zones around schools and a ban on alcohol advertising on public transport to prevent children from being bombarded with ”insidious” alcohol marketing.” 

“At a time when we’re trying to tackle domestic violence and child abuse which is far too often fuelled by alcohol abuse, the measures announced by the government will make little difference,” says Mr McCoskrie. 

“Our liberalised alcohol laws from the past two decades is the best place to start.”


5 comments for “Liberalised Booze Laws Must be Reversed

  1. 8 November 2010 at 4:27 am

    Hi Bob, I think you could easily replace the words in the Black section of the image above with “NZ Govt. is in touch with reasons behind alcohol related social problems.” Just want to say you are doing a great job. Keep being the voice (hopefully not in the wilderness) that God has called you to be on behalf of NZ Families. Romans 12:11

  2. Kevin
    8 November 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Bob, I raise my hat to you for doing some research into this problem, and for presenting it to us through this Blog of yours, on FaceBook, and other social media outlets.
    We need this Government to wake up and follow the wishes of the electorate otherwise goodbye to them at next election. Are they saving up changes to immoral and unworkable legislation until just before the next election. What is holding them back when referendums and polls clearly show the wish of the people. This wish is further backed by research as you have shown.
    Has the time come for more active participation in the running of our country, like the strikes we are seeing on an increasing frequency.
    “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” J.A.Baldwin.

  3. Kevin MILNE
    9 November 2010 at 2:32 am

    Alcohol equals money and votes to the government. Thats the bottom line from where I sit. There is so much research that shows beyond all doubt that alcohol causes social troubles and crime. It is a major contributor to our yearly road kill but the powers that be still want to research the drink drive limit under NZ conditions. I lifted the body of a teenager out of a crashed vehicle a month ago, alcohol was a contributing factor. Thats all the research that I need !!! Of course there was no law maker there to help me with my unpleasant job, they were all tucked up in their beds. Time they got with the real world. I get sick of listening to excuses when the answer is so obvious, only allow alcohol to those who are mature enough to use it responsibly!

  4. Lis
    18 November 2010 at 7:04 pm

    In our street, there are many rental properties, with one in particular that has been a sickening advertisement for the problems that alcohol causes.
    One tenant held a party that ran from Friday through to Sunday, most weekends.
    The guests would only emerge to pile into a car and do burn-outs on the road, before staggering back inside. The front lawn became a urinal.
    Pre-school children lived at the address and were witness to all that went on. One wee girl toddling out with a set of keys, tried to unlock the car door, only to be taken back inside by a man barely able to stand upright.
    Numerous calls to police were made by neighbours each weekend and after a couple of months of these weekends, a party was shut down and the children removed.
    As a consequence another nighbours windows were smashed by angry frinds of the tenant.
    I have zero tolerence for alcohol and those that produce and sell it. It is classified as a mind altering drug, and the sooner the government stops being limp-wristed, and not utilising the authority it could use to ban advertising, limit sales and outlets, the better.

  5. joellen
    15 December 2010 at 6:48 pm

    my mum is an alcoholic and wen me and my sister were kids we spent alot of time trying to look after ourselves ebcause she wa to drunk and it had a very big inpact on us. iv also watched drunk people come out of the club come into the place where i worked doing nightshift and they would throw things around the shop pour out bottles of milk on to the floor smash stuff the police would come then they would leave and that would happen every weekend. the goverment wont ban it because they like to drink themselves and i think thats sad they need to see the impact that alcohol causes in society and harden up and do somthing about it

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