National support booze industry profits over social cost
Alcohol cheaper to buy than water
Alcohol has become so affordable that it is cheaper than bottled water and approaching the price of milk, says a study made public today. The Otago University research, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, shows alcohol became increasingly affordable in the 10 years to last year.
The liberalization of the booze industry under Labour has been exacerbated by National promoting booze industry profits over and above social cost. The Booze industry bombarded the Government in the run up to their weak response to the booze culture and it showed...
So now we know why National have gone for 'it's all the kids fault' booze policy and have chosen not to do anything real about booze by tackling Supermarket loss-leading booze practices, not lowering the blood alcohol limit to stop NZers driving legally drunk so that men can drink 7 stubbies and still be considered 'under the limit' when anywhere else (Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Russia and Sweden) they would all be well over the limit, and not increasing the price of tax on booze in the way we have done with cigarettes.
..this latest research shows that supermarkets and the booze industry have conspired to create an alcohol environment that beggers belief, that booze could be cheaper than water suggests something deeply at fault in the regulatory system.
National should put the profits of the Supermarkets and Booze Industry to one side, reflect on the social damage booze causes and with the lovingly crushing hand of Government regulation impose a 'social damage tax' on top of booze industry profits alongside a tax increase on the product itself while withdrawing booze sales from Supermarkets altogether.
National have been incredibly weak on booze to protect industry interests over and above social interests. Those who sell and profit from the drug should be forced to pay for it's clean up as well.