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

Bullish On China Shopping: Trade Minister On Premier's Visit

Q+A: Trade Minister Todd McClay – not ruling out a conversation around Chinese workers coming to New Zealand to work on infrastructure projects as part of trade talks:

‘Yeah, well, that’s not something that’s on the table at the moment, but, look, what we’ve agreed as part of the, you know, when we start the upgrade negotiation, both sides can raise issues that are of importance to them. We’ve got a list of things we want to talk about. China may well have.’ More>>

 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news