Control booze and harm

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Emer­gency medicine spe­cial­ist Paul Quigley has come out in sup­port of the Maori Party’s bill to add a min­i­mum unit price to al­co­hol leg­is­la­tion.

The Gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced al­co­hol re­form leg­is­la­tion which would raise the min­i­mum age to legally buy take­away al­co­hol to 20 but still al­low 18-year-olds to buy al­co­hol in li­censed premises.

In re­sponse, the Maori Party in­tro­duced a pro­posal to amend the leg­is­la­tion, in­tro­duc­ing a min­i­mum price.

Dr Quigley said al­co­hol is too read­ily and cheaply avail­able, and has be­come a part of the ev­ery­day life of many peo­ple.

‘‘If it were ap­pro­pri­ately priced on the mar­ket peo­ple have to make a con­scious choice on how much they drink and when.

‘‘It doesn’t stop peo­ple drink­ing; it pro­vides a way of con­trol­ling al­co­hol and harm.’’ Dr Quigley also called for district health boards to make sub­mis­sions to liquor li­cence ap­pli­ca­tions to al­low them to be a party to ap­peals against li­cences be­ing granted or against lax li­cence con­di­tions.

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