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Changing Kiwi booze culture: Alcohol laws aren't working

ANDY PHILLIPSON
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2012

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Like many New Zealanders, I am tired of the drunken behaviour, the poor control, the general stupidity and lack of respect surrounding over-indulgence in alcohol.

Property is getting damaged, health is deteriorating, and people are getting hurt  through domestic violence, car accidents, and dumb personal injuries.

We need to limit alcohol availability and close many of the off-licences (suburban liquor outlets within dairies).

We should also limit the hours that alcohol is available. Stop selling on Sundays. Stop selling before 5pm and after 11pm. We need to stop alcohol being so freely available to the kids.

We should have big fines for the kids with alcohol and also big fines for their parents.

We need to have more reality TV documentaries that show the poor and embarrassing behaviour on our streets related to intoxication - swearing, belligerence, urination, fighting, and stupidity. We should embarrass the culprits at a time when they are sober.

It isn't hard, really. The rules clearly don't work. 


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