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In 2014, Family First asked politicians,about the Raising of the drinking age: Will you SUPPORT or OPPOSE a bill which sets the drinking and purchasing age of alcoholic beverages to at least 20 years? Only NZ First and the Conservative Party showed any interest in raising the age to 20.(more)
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 In 2014, Family First asked politicians,about Alcohol law reform (5+ Solution):Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the 5+ solution to alcohol laws – raise price and age, reduce accessibility, advertising, and drink driving, and increase treatment? Again, only NZ First and the Conservative Party showed any interest in the 5+ solution.(more)
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 Every report we have read regarding child abuse and family violence says that alcohol abuse is a major contributing factor. A child is hugely at risk when an adult is under the influence of alcohol, and a recent survey by Massey University found that more than half of our sexual and physical assaults occurred while under the influence of alcohol. Our teenagers are binge drinking at an earlier age, and our health and justice system is clogged up with the fallout from our drinking culture.(more)
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 The binge drinking culture has been spiralling out of control since liberalising laws and controls around alcohol abuse. In 1989 alcohol law changes eased restrictions for off-licence selling including supermarket and grocery stores selling wine, 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.(more)
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 The government’s response to alcohol laws 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.(more)
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 Polls over the last couple of years have shown that 2/3’rds to 3/4’s 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?(more)
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 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 is all very disappointing.(more)
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COMMENTARY on Now  is the time to tackle our binge drinking culture

Source: Family First

alcoholThis issue was raised by Family First back in 2011 and is still valid today.

Every report we have read regarding child abuse and family violence says that alcohol abuse is a major contributing factor. A child is hugely at risk when an adult is under the influence of alcohol, and a recent survey by Massey University found that more than half of our sexual and physical assaults occurred while under the influence of alcohol. Our teenagers are binge drinking at an earlier age, and our health and justice system is clogged up with the fallout from our drinking culture.

The binge drinking culture has been spiralling out of control since liberalising laws and controls around alcohol abuse. In 1989 alcohol law changes eased restrictions for off-licence selling including supermarket and grocery stores selling wine, 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.

The government’s response to alcohol laws 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.

Polls over the last couple of years have shown that 2/3’rds to 3/4’s 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?

IT’S TIME THEY LISTENED TO YOU AND ME… FAMILIES

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 is all very disappointing.

BASIC OVERVIEW OF WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN
Here’s what we’re recommending:
* reduce marketing and advertising
* reduce alcohol accessibility e.g.restrict sales of alcohol from residential area bottle stores, grocery stores and supermarkets.
* More community say on liquor outlets. No ‘loss leading’.
* raise the tax on alcohol – this tax will help cover the huge costs to the health and justice system from alcohol abuse
* raise the drinking age (both purchasing and drinking age) to at least 20
* strong penalties for selling to underage
* penalties for public drunkenness
* health warnings on alcohol products and advertising
* increase treatment opportunities

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View these Centre Right NZ Political Party Policies and voting position on RAISING THE DRINKING AGE.

Note: Policies subject to change. Please check the Policy Links for the latest Policy if available. These are the voting positions of party leaders for the 2014 General Election as reported to Family First who asked the questions below. Please refer to the linked website ‘Value Your Vote 2014‘ for more information and updates.

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Questions asked for the 2014 election

Raising drinking age:Will you SUPPORT or OPPOSE a bill which sets the drinking and purchasing age of alcoholic beverages to at least 20 years?

Alcohol law reform (5+ Solution):Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the 5+ solution to alcohol laws – raise price and age, reduce accessibility, advertising, and drink driving, and increase treatment.

GREEN answers support the Conservative position.

actlogo Jamie Whyte OPPOSED to increase to 20 yrs, OPPOSED to 5+ solution
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unitedfuturelogo Peter Dunne OPPOSED to increase to 20 yrs, OPPOSED to 5+ solution
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nzfirstlogo Winston Peters PARTIAL SUPPORTS increase to 20 yrs, PARTIAL SUPPORT to 5+ solution
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nationalpartylogo John Key OPPOSED to increase to 20 yrs, OPPOSED to 5+ solution
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cropped-cp-logo11.jpg Colin Craig SUPPORTS increase to 20 yrs, SUPPORTS 5+ solution
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