This Government has utterly failed NZ over alcohol reform by doing nothing at all to prevent the social harm it creates or reign in the power of the booze industry.
The National Government spent so much political capital building the myth of the politically correct nanny state that they are now too terrified to implement any social policy for fear of awakening their favourite bogeyman in the minds of sleepy hobbits who will rear up on their hind legs at socialist social policy limiting their 'freedoms'.
Pushing ahead to allow our drink-driving limit to remain one of the highest in the world so that National's core constituency of old rich white men can continue to drive drunk legally at a cost of 33 lives and $238 million is certainly commitment to the Nanny State cultural myth, but Jesus wept, even Mao had his limits.
We should have pushed the purchase age up to 20, cracked down on advertising and get booze out of supermarkets, not because young people are irresponsible, but because adults have been irresponsible with liquor liberalization.
We are in denial about our national alcoholism and allowing the industry to 'self-regulate' is like offering condoms as a protection from knife attacks.