Govt: Minimum alcohol price unlikely
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 12:05p.m.
The Government's not ruling out last minute changes to proposed new liquor laws - but it is unlikely there will be a minimum set price for alcohol.
Acting Prime Minister Bill English says that although there is clear evidence that increasing tobacco prices would cut consumption, he doesn't believe that's the same with alcohol.
“With alcohol there’s a lot of people for whom moderate consumption is just fine, it doesn’t have a detrimental effect on their health or their state of mind,” Mr English says.
“I think that’s the difference.”
Labour is urging the Government to take another look at lowering the drink-drive limit before passing its alcohol reform legislation.
Labour's transport safety spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway says the Government has "kicked for touch" on the issue, despite the Law Commission and New Zealand Transport Agency supporting a reduction in the legal blood alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100 mls of blood.
Mr Lees-Galloway will propose an amendment to the Alcohol Reform Bill to reduce the drink-driving limit, when the legislation returns to the house for its committee stage.
"If this bill is truly about reforming our alcohol laws then MPs from all parties must follow the advice we have received and support this amendment," Mr Lees-Galloway says.
The Maori Party also wants further changes to the bill, proposing limits where alcohol products can be advertised and restrictions on the proximity of liquor stores to schools.
The legislation is intended to tackle New Zealand's heavy drinking culture, with changes to where alcohol can be sold and who can buy it.
MPs will have a conscience vote on whether the purchase age should stay at 18, return to 20, or be split, so 18-year-olds can buy alcohol at bars and restaurants, but only those over 20 able to purchase at off-licences, such as bottle stores and supermarkets.
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6/06/2012 11:56:02 a.m.
But to educate (Which is the only answer) you must tell the truth! Alcohol; The single most damaging recreational drug to both the brain and body in the world. Infact the truth is that it cause's more harm to users than cocaine, heroin, meth, tobacco and other drugs COMBINED! Alcohol slows blood to the brain slowing the the brains ability to work properly, where as a drug like LSD increases blood to the brain and adds the workings of the brain. To put in into perspective, intelligent people like Einstein used LSD and for ever changed the world for the better! and alcohol is the favoured drug by rapists, killers and self serving, self absorbe imature adults and the like! no wonder our society is gonig to the dogs when the masses beleave lies to be truths! Yes "KEY" education is the only way but look at the truths that need to be understood, People will have to admit that they were wrong, I cant see the conditioned liking that very much!
5/06/2012 5:08:19 p.m.
Further changes to the bill to increase the alcohol commodity tax is a double win method.
5/06/2012 3:34:19 p.m.
Lowering the drink drive limit will just clog the courts with more cases.Education is what is obviously needed/the ambulance at the bottom off the cliff or the top ?
5/06/2012 12:19:21 p.m.
Booze is easy to make, thats why prohibition and high prices to limit social effects fails. And you cant legistlate against stoopidity, or the said breeding. So all that will work is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff bandaid law making.
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