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Government in the Pocket of the Booze Industry

Barbara Stewart MP
Spokesperson for Health

23 August 2012

Government in the Pocket of the Booze Industry

New Zealand First says the Government is being totally irresponsible in allowing the booze industry to self-regulate Ready-to-Drink beverages (RTDs) despite the Law Commission recommending tough restrictions.

Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart says sweetened alcoholic drinks (RTDs) are aimed directly at young people as a first step into the world of drinking.

“We have seen plenty of images in the media of young people unable to stand, vomiting and urinating on streets because of the effects of RTDs.

“The Government is obviously in the pocket of the booze industry which exerted enormous pressure on them to do nothing to tackle our out of control drinking culture which is a burden on our health system.

“It is an absolute disgrace,” says Mrs Stewart.

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