At risk of repeating myself (!!)
More support for raising the drinking age – not just the purchasing age
An overwhelming majority of people support raising the legal purchase age for alcohol to 20 for bars and liquor shops, including supermarkets, according to the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey. …When asked by the pollsters to choose between three options for the minimum age to buy alcohol, 58.6 per cent preferred 20, which was the age before a law change in 1999. Only 14.5 per cent wanted the status quo of 18, while 25.7 per cent wanted a split age.
So to summarise:
Kings College Board Chairman
Online NZ Herald poll showing 72% support for their call to raise the drinking age to 21 – over 10,000 people voting on the NZ Herald poll,
ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll (71% – 2004),
Police Association poll (75% – 2009),
Research NZ poll (almost 75% – 2009),
Oct 09 poll showing 75%
An online poll in the Dominion Post late last year showing 77% of New Zealanders wanting the legal drinking age put back to at least 20.
Of most significance was the Christchurch Press poll which found majority support for raising the drinking age from those aged under 30.
The government should ditch their split-age proposal as it will confuse the issue, and fails to deal with the underlying problems of exposing young people to alcohol, as evidenced in the latest medical and bioscience research. We should raise the DRINKING AGE, not just the purchasing age.
The evidence is in. The people have spoken. The real question now is whether the government will listen to NZ’ers on this issue or capitulate to the pressure from the alcohol lobby.