Changing the Kiwi booze culture

Booze culture starts with parents

Drunk Facebook photos

JOHN GELUK

Parents have to teach their children that getting drunk is unacceptable, writes John Geluk.

You can have fun without booze

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STU MCKAY

Young New Zealanders need to learn how to have a night out without alcohol, writes Stu Mckay.

Time to take responsibility

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COLLEEN WILLIAMS

Coming back from overseas, it's disgusting to see how low our drinking standards are, writes Colleen Williams.

Blame the binge drinkers

Woman street

DIANNA JONES

The onus for changing our drinking culture should be put firmly on the individual binge drinkers, Dianna Jones says.

Close our bars earlier

Wine

Doug Hannan wants to see bars close at an earlier time in an effort to curb late night drunken street scenes.

Stop being so PC on booze

Breath testing

Ross Cowie says it's time to make those involved in alcohol-related crime accountable for their actions.

Kiwi booze culture: It is that bad

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AMANDA KIMBERLY HASSAN

Recovering alcoholic Amanda Hassan says young Kiwis simply don't know how to have a quiet drink.

'I'm sick of the booze debate'

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ROB KILKOLLY

Raises alcohol taxes, forcing prices hikes, and changing labels will inconvenience Kiwis who enjoy the odd tipple, Rob Kilkolly writes.

Let's promote sober, good times

Teen drinking

LYNDA MACKENZIE

Lynda MacKenzie believes there are plenty of young people like her teenage daughter who aren't interested in getting trashed every weekend.

Booze warning labels will work

Alcohol

JOHN MURPHY

Teenager John Murphy has been sharing alcohol warnings on Facebook, and thinks labeling could change our booze culture.

Put the price of alcohol up

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We know alcohol is harmful, so if we put alcohol prices up than we cut down on the drinking.

The elephant in the pub

Booze bus

It's obvious the Government is not interested in taking any action to curb out of control drinking behaviour, writes Tricia Adams Smith.

The drinker not the product

Breath testing.

MATT PLAYFORD

We need to change attitudes so people don't get smashed on booze and then put someone in hospital.

Right motive, wrong method

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ANTHONY DE VILLIERS

The best ways to experience joy and excitement involve hard yards, not uncorking a bottle, writes Anthony de Villiers.

Gutless MPs to blame

Teen drinking

WAY CHAN

A former bar doorman, Way Chan, has seen many polite people transformed into complete morons after a night on the booze.

Our MPs blew it

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WILLIAM O'DONNELL

Eighteen-year-olds cannot act responsibly regarding alcohol, yet our MPs ignored the obvious and voted stupidly, writes William O'Donnell.

Prohibition has worked before

Alcohol

RON KJESTRUP

Despite the popular misconception to the contrary, prohibition has succeeded in the past, writes Ron Kjestrup.

Suggestions for booze warnings

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ROGER BROOKING

Roger Brooking writes five warnings that should be put on alcohol sold in New Zealand.

Show them what can happen

Emergency services vehicles

FIONA MURRAY

All alcohol bottles should be labelled with the graphic pictures of motor crashes, writes Fiona Murray.

Is it time for prohibition?

Drinking

JOHN MURPHY

Is it time we bring back prohibition and make alcohol illegal?

It's not the booze, it's the boozers

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JOHN MCCALL

It is not alcohol that is the problem. It is those consuming it, writes John McCall.

Teach them how to drink

Teen drinking

RICHARD CRUICE

How are 18-year-olds supposed to learn to drink responsibly when all the responsibility is placed on pubs and shops?

Is this the Kiwi dream?

Courtenay place

NICK RYAN

The foul stench of stale liquor and cigarettes lingers on the footpath. Screams, yells and profanities perforate our ears. What the hell is happening here?

Label alcohol like cigarettes

Alcohol

GRAEME WOODFIELD

We need to make moves to ensure alcohol labels contain clear messages about the health risks of drinking.

Bans encourage bad behaviour

Alcohol breathalyser.

JOSIE DURNEY

Instead of outright bans, barriers to binge drinking are the way to reduce alcohol harm, Josie Durney writes.

Boozing: It could be worse

Drinking girl

Drinking is a problem in New Zealand, but it's better than young people taking drugs to get happy, Roman Zolan says.

Raising drinking age will make it worse

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CLAUDIO CONTIN

Claudio Contin argues that a drinking age limit isn't necessary.

Changing booze culture? It's up to you

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CRAIG FOX

It's up to the millions of individual Kiwis to make a change to our drinking culture, says Craig Fox.

It's hardly healthy to drink

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JAMES LEE

Even moderate drinking causes health problems and bad behaviour, writes James Lee.

Get tough on drunk teens

Teen drinking

MAREA GOODIN-MCKAY

If you want binge drinking to change, stop tolerating it in public places, Marea Goodin-McKay.

Ban the lolly waters

RTDs

FIONA HALE

RTDs are an introduction to excessive alcohol consumption for the young, says Fiona Hale.

What is 'normal' drinking?

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JESSICA VENNING-BRYAN

Kiwis must take individual action and get a better understanding of alcohol to change our drinking behaviour, Jessica Venning-Bryan says.

Alcohol laws aren't working

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ANDY PHILLIPSON

The answer to the problems of excessive drinking is to limit its availability, says Andy Phillipson.

Pre-loading the problem

Cocktail

JONATHAN CHAN

We need to increase off-licence prices and lower on-licence prices to combat binge drinking, says Jonathan Chan.

Confessions of a Kiwi teetotaller

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TEUILA GRACE TUALAULELEI

Having given up alcohol, this reader has realised drinking alcohol doesn't make you sexier or more interesting.

Educate kids on alcohol

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LUCY RUSSELL

Learning responsible drinking from a young age rather than introducing tougher laws will change our booze culture, Lucy Russell writes.

Binge drinking starts at home

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COLIN ADAMS

Parents needs to take charge in giving their children the right messages about drinking, Colin Adams writes.

Shut the bars earlier

Courtenay Place

SHANNON HALLIDAY

It's far too easy to stay out drinking all night in New Zealand, Shannon Halliday says.

Boozing a mass addiction

Beer bottles

MATT HAMMOND

We have been taught to ignore one important fact: Alcohol is a drug capable of killing us, Matt Hammond writes.

De-glamourise drunkenness

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MARK BARELY

Just as smoking is now naff, so too can we change social attitudes about excessive drinking, writes Mark Barely.

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