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Changing our booze culture: Start with the parents

JOHN GELUK
Last updated 05:00 23/02/2013

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Changing the Kiwi booze culture

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The only way to change New Zealand's drinking culture is to start at the beginning. That means parents have to bring up their children so they are both taught and shown that getting drunk is unacceptable.

Having a drink is one thing, getting drunk is another entirely.

If parents don't set the example by living a drunk-free life, then the children will not gain this conviction either. It will be much more difficult to change once it becomes a habit.

I find it difficult to reconcile paying taxes for people who get drunk and end up in hospital because they fell over, got in a fight, drove a car or injured someone else, all because "it's my right to get drunk".

This is about self-respect and respect for others, it's about being humble to one another. This has to start in the family with the parents.

However parents with conviction are few and far between, as culture does not promote values.


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