Research shows booze increases social harm
I recently came across an article in your local paper which disturbed me . . . a proposed liquor store next to the Tokoroa Youth Park and, god forbid, a children’s centre! This actually defies not only common sense, but also well documented research. It is generally well accepted that off-licence liquor outlets tend to be located in areas of high social deprivation and are associated with lower alcohol prices and longer opening hours.
International research also shows that a high density of liquor outlets increases social harm in a community – including various police events and motor vehicle accidents.
Doesn’t Tokoroa have enough liquor outlets (both on and offlicence) for goodness sake?
Given, the liquor store may be a component of a larger proposed development and associated economic spin-offs. But please David Fermah, don’t lodge a liquor licensing application – the long-term cost to the community is too high. Why not work with council and come up with a proposition which can still make you a return, but also bring communities together – not help tear them apart. Be innovative people! Your community deserves it.
It is proposed that the Alcohol Reform Bill will make local authorities consider the effects on the community of renewing or issuing new liquor licences and widen the grounds to object them. Until then I implore Mayor Sinclair to lead the way and take a stand – do not allow a liquor store here! Isn’t our community, and especially our children, worth it?