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

 

Labels won’t reduce alcohol harm

The NZ Alcohol Beverages Council has rejected the call for mandatory labelling on alcohol bottles, in light of a new survey by the University of Otago.

“Mandatory labelling is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff in terms of preventing harm from alcohol,” says Executive Director Nick Leggett. “This study shows there is widespread labelling in New Zealand and as we know this doesn’t prevent harm.

“What we need is further education, starting younger, in partnerships between Government, industry and the community.

“We teach kids about sex and how to drive a car, but too often people go into the world without being sensibly educated about alcohol."

Nick Leggett says the study does nothing but report labelling as it is, and that it is nearly impossible to draw any conclusions about actions from it, given there are thousands of alcohol products and this study has looked at 59 by presumably visiting one bottle store.

“Alcohol labelling actually doesn’t work. There is no credible research anywhere that shows that warning labels reduce harmful consumption of alcohol. There is a clear difference between seeing something and then changing your action as a result."

Nick Leggett says there is a robust Government process in place now assessing how to use labelling, and NZABC has suggested that Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor could be approached for comment on this.

“The vast majority of New Zealand alcohol products now contain pregnancy warnings after a successful voluntary roll-out of labels by industry.

"The alcohol sector is committed to reducing harm from alcohol products. That is done through real and continuous education."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

World Refugee Day: What 7 Former Refugee Kids Love About New Zealand

New Zealand resettles 1,000 refugees each year (a number set to increase to 1,500 by 2020). More than half of these people are children under 18.

RASNZ, a specialist mental health and wellbeing service provider for people from refugee backgrounds, wanted to know what some of these young people thought of their new lives as kiwis.

They asked 7 members of their specialist youth service (along with two staff members who work with refugee background youth) how they felt about New Zealand – and filmed the responses. More>>

 

DHBs: Nurses Plan Strike Action For Next Month

Nurses across the country have confirmed a notice of a 24-hour strike, starting on 5 July. District Health Boards (DHB) were working on contingency plans following a notice to strike by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s EU Trade Talks With NZ

One of the world’s most influential bureaucrats – the European Union’s Trade Commissioner Cecelia Malmstrom – will be in New Zealand tomorrow to launch the formal process of negotiating a bilateral trade pact between the EU and New Zealand. More>>

Oranga Tamariki: Children's Ministry Shifts Away From Putting Kids In Care

Children's Minister Tracey Martin is signalling a shift away from putting children into care, and towards intensive intervention in a child's home. More>>

But No Way To Tell Why: Significant Drop In HIV Diagnoses

A new report shows that for the first time since 2011, the number of annual HIV diagnoses in New Zealand has fallen. But without funding for a repeat of ongoing surveys to monitor changes in behaviour, testing and attitudes, health workers can’t be sure what’s driving the decrease. More>>

ALSO:

On Her Majesty's Public Service: Inquiry Into Spying Claims Extended To All Govt Agencies

In March, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes announced an inquiry after it was revealed the firm spied on Canterbury earthquake claimants for Southern Response. The inquiry was furthered widened to include the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, who had been spying on Greenpeace staff. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Obstacle To The 'Hit & Run' Inquiry

With a minimum of publicity, a High Court ruling hit the tarmac last week concerning the use of security information that – if left unchallenged – could well cripple the recently announced government investigation into the Hit & Run allegations. More>>

DHB Offer Rejected: NZNO Seeking Urgent Mediation

The latest revised DHB MECA offer has been strongly rejected by NZNO members. However, Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne says that as nursing and midwifery is an essential service, mediation or facilitation will begin with urgency. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages