Otago Daily Times ran this article today regarding Ann Fowler’s efforts to curb the harms of alcohol in New Zealand.
Effective regulation was needed to change New Zealand’s harmful drinking culture.
She proposed the group focus on five policies to solve the national alcohol crisis.
We need to talk about raising alcohol prices, raising the alcohol purchase age, reducing alcohol accessibility, reducing marketing and advertising and increasing drink-driving counter-measures,”Acting forum chairman Peter Gibson said many points raised could be turned into submissions.
The Pedestrian 08 Campaign responded with familiar suggestions:
The Alcohol Reform Bill needs to deal with mass population behaviour change measures.
Be effective. Present your population with a measure of intoxication that they can readily understand – a BAC number of 0.08. Educate, campaign, test and heavily fine offenders. Most, if not all your alcohol problems will evaporate.
See the full article by Naeem Alvi for more.