Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

ALAC Welcomes Government’ Move to Reduce Harm

ALAC Welcomes Government’ Move to Reduce Harm

Price policy is proven internationally to be the most effective tool in reducing alcohol-related harm according to the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

ALAC is welcoming the passing of the Customs and Excise (Alcoholic Beverages) Amendment Bill passed by parliament early this morning.

“This is excellent news and we commend the Government on this move,” said Dr Mike MacAvoy, Chief Executive. “We’ve done a great deal of work in this area, including commissioning a report by economist Brian Easton last year, and evidence shows unequivocally that the approach works.

Increasing tax on alcohol that has higher alcohol content helps steer people away from the high-alcohol cheap drinks towards lower strength products he said.

“We do want to see people drinking lower strength alcohol products. If young people are drinking lower strength drinks, the risk is reduced and that’s what this is about – reducing harm,” he said.

ALAC says the issue is being muddied with concern that “alco-pop” drinks aren’t included in this legislation.

“Alco-pops are lower strength, mainly around 5 percent,” he said. “But people are missing the point when they argue that they are the main problem. At the moment you can buy one bottle of the “light spirits” for just $10 that contains 23 standard drinks – or the recommended maximum intake for a male over the course of a whole week.

“One alco-pop drink at 5 percent alcohol is about 1.5 standard drinks. You’d have to spend around $25.00 on them to get the same quantity of alcohol that light spirits gets you for just $10.00 currently. If your goal is intoxication, which it is for a lot of young people, which would you choose?”

ALAC also emphasizes how important it is that a raft of strategies is used to combat harm and says that the call for more education is not the panacea to harm reduction, nor would simply raising the legal purchase age for alcohol.

“Education is unlikely to be effective without supporting strategies such as community action, addressing the culture of intoxication, policies around supply and enforcement and other interventions. Throwing dollars at education alone is not the answer. We need more resources for all these other strategies.

“Often the least likeable strategies are the most effective and it’s easy for adults to suggest education as a solution because it doesn’t effect them. In fact, adults need to address their own drinking too,” Dr MacAvoy said. “And really, the impact of this tax change on most adults who drink in a sensible way is quite minimal, but the gain for families and young people is immense.”

ALAC says it is focusing its work over the next five years on complementary strategies that include community action, enforcement, policy, education, advertising, and promotion.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election