John Key says booze-free benefits 'bulls***'

TIM FULTON
Last updated 15:25 07/08/2014
John Key at Global Connections Exporters
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ABSTAINING: John Key told conference delegates he had given up alcohol for the election campaign.
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Prime Minister John Key has an answer for anyone who tries to convince him that abstaining from alcohol clears the mind and helps you sleep better:
 
"That's bulls***," he told a business audience in Christchurch today.
 
Key, who turns 53 on Saturday, said he had decided not to touch alcohol as a sign of election-campaign intent. 
 
But three weeks into booze abstention he had not noticed the promised health benefits, including any weight loss.
 
Speaking to the Global Connections Exporters conference, Key mused on the possibility of staying on for the planned social function that evening.

"The cocktail party sounded pretty good. I raise that only because it's 44 days to an election . . .so I decided that as part of the sign of focus for the campaign, I'd give up drinking."
 
This pledge meant he was off beer until election night, he said.
 
"Anyway, what they tell you when you give up drinking is 'you feel better, you sleep better and you have greater clarity of thought . . .

"So, after three weeks what I tell you is that's bulls***.

"Actually, nothing changes, including (my) weight so far. But it's an interesting exercise to prove you can do it, in case you're interested."

Earlier today, Key was accosted at Westfield Mall in Riccarton by a woman who broke down as she explained she had waited three-and-a-half years for her house to be repaired after quake and liquefaction damage. Paulette Barr said her home was "really cold", with no carpet and big cracks around the doors.

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