Changing the Kiwi booze culture
Parents have to teach their children that getting drunk is unacceptable, writes John Geluk.
Young New Zealanders need to learn how to have a night out without alcohol, writes Stu Mckay.
Coming back from overseas, it's disgusting to see how low our drinking standards are, writes Colleen Williams.
The onus for changing our drinking culture should be put firmly on the individual binge drinkers, Dianna Jones says.
Doug Hannan wants to see bars close at an earlier time in an effort to curb late night drunken street scenes.
Ross Cowie says it's time to make those involved in alcohol-related crime accountable for their actions.
AMANDA KIMBERLY HASSAN
Recovering alcoholic Amanda Hassan says young Kiwis simply don't know how to have a quiet drink.
Raises alcohol taxes, forcing prices hikes, and changing labels will inconvenience Kiwis who enjoy the odd tipple, Rob Kilkolly writes.
Lynda MacKenzie believes there are plenty of young people like her teenage daughter who aren't interested in getting trashed every weekend.
Teenager John Murphy has been sharing alcohol warnings on Facebook, and thinks labeling could change our booze culture.
We know alcohol is harmful, so if we put alcohol prices up than we cut down on the drinking.
It's obvious the Government is not interested in taking any action to curb out of control drinking behaviour, writes Tricia Adams Smith.
We need to change attitudes so people don't get smashed on booze and then put someone in hospital.
ANTHONY DE VILLIERS
The best ways to experience joy and excitement involve hard yards, not uncorking a bottle, writes Anthony de Villiers.
A former bar doorman, Way Chan, has seen many polite people transformed into complete morons after a night on the booze.
Eighteen-year-olds cannot act responsibly regarding alcohol, yet our MPs ignored the obvious and voted stupidly, writes William O'Donnell.
Despite the popular misconception to the contrary, prohibition has succeeded in the past, writes Ron Kjestrup.
Roger Brooking writes five warnings that should be put on alcohol sold in New Zealand.
All alcohol bottles should be labelled with the graphic pictures of motor crashes, writes Fiona Murray.
Is it time we bring back prohibition and make alcohol illegal?
It is not alcohol that is the problem. It is those consuming it, writes John McCall.
How are 18-year-olds supposed to learn to drink responsibly when all the responsibility is placed on pubs and shops?
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?
We need to make moves to ensure alcohol labels contain clear messages about the health risks of drinking.
Instead of outright bans, barriers to binge drinking are the way to reduce alcohol harm, Josie Durney writes.
Drinking is a problem in New Zealand, but it's better than young people taking drugs to get happy, Roman Zolan says.
Claudio Contin argues that a drinking age limit isn't necessary.
It's up to the millions of individual Kiwis to make a change to our drinking culture, says Craig Fox.
Even moderate drinking causes health problems and bad behaviour, writes James Lee.
If you want binge drinking to change, stop tolerating it in public places, Marea Goodin-McKay.
RTDs are an introduction to excessive alcohol consumption for the young, says Fiona Hale.
Kiwis must take individual action and get a better understanding of alcohol to change our drinking behaviour, Jessica Venning-Bryan says.
The answer to the problems of excessive drinking is to limit its availability, says Andy Phillipson.
We need to increase off-licence prices and lower on-licence prices to combat binge drinking, says Jonathan Chan.
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Learning responsible drinking from a young age rather than introducing tougher laws will change our booze culture, Lucy Russell writes.
Parents needs to take charge in giving their children the right messages about drinking, Colin Adams writes.
It's far too easy to stay out drinking all night in New Zealand, Shannon Halliday says.
We have been taught to ignore one important fact: Alcohol is a drug capable of killing us, Matt Hammond writes.
Just as smoking is now naff, so too can we change social attitudes about excessive drinking, writes Mark Barely.