Drinking Culture in New Zealand Could be Curbed Through New Laws

by Rajashri on Aug 4 2009 11:31 PM

The Law Commission in New Zealand may recommend a shake-up of existing laws in order to gain control over the lawless drinking culture in the country.

"The Law Commission is not advocating a return to wowserism,” says Sir Geoffrey Palmer, president of the Law Commission. However they may recommend that the age to purchase alcohol and related beverages from supermarkets be raised to 20 so that 18 and 19-year-olds be prevented from doing so.

Bruce Robertson, CEO of Hospitality Association, told Newstalkzb that most alcohol consumption is off premises and as such the proposed measures do nothing for individual responsibility.

β€œThe issue we have is thirteen and fourteen-year olds drinking. That's a parental issue as much as anything else," he said. Most of these measures are simply limiting the number of hours that people can be open, the number of premises, and how is that going affect public drinking?”