Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Hood: Support For Raising Drinking Age to 41

Select Committee Supports Raising Drinking Age to 41


Satire by Lyndon Hood


Click to enlarge

The Law and Order select committee today reported to Parliament in favour of a bill to increase the legal age for purchasing alcohol to 41.

In a survey of New Zealanders aged over 39 almost three quarters of respondents supported the change.

"Our young and young-to-middle-age people drink far too much," said Progressive leader Jim Anderton, "This will help cut down on those conspicuous problems. A 41-year-old is more mature and much better mentally equipped to handle alcohol than an 18-year-old. I believe this will also help stop alcohol falling into the hands of minors, which nobody is in favour of."

The Green's Metiria Turei says the committee has not seen evidence the proposed changes will have the desired benefits, and considers raising the age to be unjust. "How can we say that 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 through 40-year-old people - legal adults - who can vote, join the army, get a loan, bet at the TAB, consent to sex, consent to medical treatment and get married, is not old enough to have a drink.," she said, "The solution is dealing with New Zealands drinking culture, not in age discrimination." Turei was born in 1970.

Health lobby groups have also welcomed the change.

"Alcohol abuse is prevalent through out New Zealand society, and this is no silver bullet," said ALAC Chief Executive Officer Dr Mike MacAvoy, "But there is a disproportionate amount of harmful drinking in the 0 to 41 age group, and this is a first step to control that. Of course, to make it work properly we will need mandatory national ID cards."

As recommended by the committee, the bill contains some exceptions. Adults under the age of 41 will be allowed to drink in a public house if accompanied by a parent, guardian, former guardian, former parent, partner, scoutmaster or a registered justice of the peace.

********

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics Of Publishing The Trump Dossier

The controversy over the dossier purporting to show US President-elect Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia has been virtually overshadowed by the related controversy over whether the Buzzfeed site should have published the dossier in the first place... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Meryl Streep’s Speech

Primarily, Meryl Streep’s critical speech at the Golden Globes – which is the award ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – was a defence of journalism and of journalists... More>>

New HiveMind Project: What Should We Do About Sugar?

While most people agree that increased sugar consumption is a major cause of too many New Zealanders being overweight and obese, what we should do about this remains a matter of debate and argument. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Vladimir Putin’s Wonderful, Fabulous, Very Good Year

Safe to say that no-one, but no-one has had a better 2016 than Vladimir Putin. What an annus mirabilis it has been for him. Somehow, Russia got away with directly interfering in the US election process, such that a friendly oligarch is about to take up residence in the White House, rather than a genuine rival. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On The Media Normalisation Of Trump

We all supposedly agree that the media is going to hell in a tabloid handbasket, but the trends to the contrary can be a bit harder to spot. In his 1970s book The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe had mocked the way the media instinctively acts as what he called The Victorian Gentleman. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: The Reality Of Fake News

Fake news as reality; the inability to navigate the waters in which it swims; a weakness in succumbing to material best treated with a huge pinch of salt. That, we are told, is the new condition of the global information environment. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news