Kiwi booze culture: Warn of the dangers

Last updated 05:00 04/01/2013

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Changing the Kiwi booze culture

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Warning labels on bottles and all alcohol containers might help to change the Kiwi booze culture. Here's a few suggestions:

WARNING 1: This product contains alcohol, a toxic drug with risk of abuse, dependence and addiction. Psychological vulnerability or a family history of alcoholism places you at greater risk of becoming dependent on alcohol. The recommended maximum dose is two standard drinks in a day.

WARNING 2: Alcohol is associated with over 60 different medical problems. Long-term heavy drinking can cause liver cirrhosis, cancer and brain damage. When drunk to excess, this product can lead to alcohol poisoning and death. The recommended maximum dose is two standard drinks in a day.

WARNING 3: Consumption of alcoholic impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol may lead to suspension of your driver's licence and repeated offending under the influence of alcohol may lead to imprisonment. Alcohol is not recommended if you intend to drive.

WARNING 4: Alcohol is a toxic drug and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 20. The recommended maximum dose for psychologically healthy adults is 14 standard drinks in a week. Drinking more than six standard drinks in one session constitutes binge drinking and significantly increases your risk of developing health problems, social problems and legal problems or having an accident. The recommended maximum dose is two standard drinks in a day - for adults. There is no safe level for teenagers.

WARNING 5: Alcohol affects the frontal lobes of the brain and can lead to a rapid loss of impulse control. It is associated with child abuse, domestic violence, murder and many other kinds of anti-social behaviour. The recommended maximum dose is two standard drinks in a day.

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