Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Ban Booze Ads

Ban Booze Ads If Serious About Young People's Health

Green Drug Policy Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos today said that figures released on the possible effects of lowering the drinking age supported his call for a ban on alcohol advertising on TV and more public education on responsible drinking.

"These figures show that the proportion of under 18 year olds drinking has not changed, but those who do drink drink more and drink more often. They also show a clear decline in drink driving. This reflects a changed culture that no longer sees drink driving as acceptable.

"It is pretty obvious that the most useful thing we could do is change the culture of binge drinking and not just among young people," he said.

"It is predictable that we will hear calls for raising the alcohol age limit. We must be careful not to react to these figures in a kneejerk fashion. Just like attitudes towards drink driving have been changed over the years, substituting the endless promotion of alcohol through advertising with messages of moderation and sensible drinking will be much more useful.

"In 1998 there was approximately $52 million worth of alcohol sponsorship and advertising on television and radio and in newspapers and magazines. Health promotion messages would have been a fraction of that.

"As I have said before, the talk about raising or lowering the drinking age is a red herring. The real issue is not whether people use alcohol but in what way," said Nandor.

Auckland Hospital emergency medical specialist Peter Jones has said the liquor law changes had 'exposed a younger age group to the societal norm of drinking to excess'.

"The real problem is not the age but the mistaken belief that it is cool to get pissed," said Nandor.

"Research shows the link between alcohol promotion and heavy drinking and if members of parliament are serious about the welfare of young people, they will make banning alcohol advertising a priority, and instead promote harm reduction messages of responsible alcohol use.

"The Greens want to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol. That doesn't mean arresting people for drinking, but it does mean promoting moderation," said Nandor.

"The banning of tobacco advertising and sponsorship has been massively successful. There is no good reason for allowing alcohol advertising to continue, unless we believe corporate profits are more important than people," he said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election