This week parliament is likely to consider changes to the laws governing the sale of alcohol.
I hope MPs read this before they make up their minds how they will vote:
. . . Central communications shift commander Mark Oliver said it was the “sad reality” of New Zealand culture.
“There’s too much alcohol, people get on the turps on big game nights,” he said. . .
He said young people were often blamed for binge drinking but there were just as many adults. . .
The problem with the drinking culture and alcohol abuse is not confined to young people.
Raising the purchase age to 20 or splitting it so 18 and 19 year-olds can buy alcohol on licensed premises but not at off-licences will not change the culture.
The problem is the attitude not the age.
Any measures which don’t address that will be tinkering with the symptoms not solving the problem.
Changing the age would be a cop-out which would punish the many young people who drink sensibly and ignore the much larger problem of many older people who don’t.
Keep the age 18 but change the culture that licences drinking to excess, treats drunkenness as normal, regards intoxication as amusing and condones the behavioural problems which stem from all of that.