A GP group from Nelson in New Zealand has taken up the fight against alcohol saying that the Law Commission must support proposals to change "dangerous patterns of drinking in New Zealand".
Law Commission president Sir Geoffrey Palmer is heading a review of the drinking laws in New Zealand. The recommendations after the review are due to be submitted to the government in April next year.
Dr Graham Loveridge, Nelson GPs' spokesman said that all doctors felt that alcohol was having a negative effect on their patients' life and that something needed to be done to curb this pattern. He said that this trend mirrored that of cigarette smoking some 30 years ago, "Virtually everybody smoked, including lots of doctors and nurses and they were one of the first groups to change their behaviour once they realized what the evidence was," he added.
Dr Loveridge said the burden of alcohol related illnesses in the society was significant and that stricter laws were needed to curb drinking.