How dare we pretend booze is a youth issue
We are such a delusional country in utter denial of our nationwide alcoholism. How dare intelligent citizens accept the position that booze is a youth issue when the facts scream otherwise?
From yesterdays Roy Morgan poll...
In the twelve months to January 2012, Kiwi men aged 50+ accounted for 28% of the alcohol market, well ahead of the next biggest group, Men 35-49 with 22%
Our addiction to booze is across the country, we are awash in the bloody stuff, alcohol liberalization has been a complete failure. We need to regulate this product far beyond the weak watered down response this Government is currently mouthing.
We need to raise the drinking age to 20, not because it's young people who have failed but because it's adults who have failed them by creating an environment drowning in cheap booze, we need to get this stuff out of our supermarkets and clamp down on advertising, we need to lower the blood-booze level and we need to set minimum prices.
We need to stop blaming young people for the booze drenched community we have created and we need to stop seeing raising the age as the cure all. It isn't, it's only one part of the equation needed to clamp down on the social damage this product creates.