Control booze and harm
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.