READER REPORT:

We need to de-glamourise drunkenness

MARK BARELY
Last updated 05:00 09/12/2012
Rolleston Ave, Palmerston North
ROBERT KITCHIN/Fairfax NZ
BOOZE PARTY: We need to de-glamourise drinking in New Zealand.

Related Links

Does NZ need an alcohol overhaul?

Relevant offers

Stuff Nation

Are the Kardashians gender equality geniuses? Our readers take to the skies Behind the walls of a concentration camp Happy ending for missing pup Poppy's adventure Weather photo of the week: Jan 30, 2015 Pet of the day: 'My little demon' Cricket World Cup preview: Sri Lanka, the David Tua of cricket How can we fight fat in NZ? Getting dressed up to the Auckland Nines What's it like to be a cyclist in NZ?

The only way to change our drinking culture is to de-glamourise it.

Just as smoking is now naff after years of concerted efforts, so too can we change social attitudes about excessive drinking.

This requires a multi-pronged approach. It is quite clear that just raising the cost of drinking does not solve the problem.

First, we could ban all alcohol advertising and sponsorship. This would make the booze barons scream, but the more they scream they more we can be sure such an approach would work. Of course there are issues of replacing sponsorship money, but they can be worked out.

Second, ban all ready-to-drink mixes. Again the booze barons are going to scream.

Third, crack down on drunken public behaviour.

Fourth, a public service advertising campaign is needed to teach young kids how to drink responsibly.


View all contributions
Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Would you send your child to a total immersion school of another culture?

Yes

No

No opinion

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content