Alcohol Reform: Let's get it right
The Alcohol Reform Bill is in it's final stages and there are still some places where it could use some work. We think it is important to make sure this new law works, so let's get it right.
Alcohol Reform Bill Bingo!
Price, advertising and marketing, and availability (hours and outlet density) —three of the most effective strategies for reducing alcohol-related harm in our communities — are still not included in this bill. With the purchase age of alcohol left at 18 it is even more import these evidence-based solutions are included.
Over the lengthy process of getting this bill to and through parliament, it has become clear the public are strongly behind regulations that will reduce alcohol-related harm. They have empowered MPs to address this problem, and do so decisively.
We’ve created these Alcohol Reform Bill Bingo cards to highlight the arguments against alcohol reform not supported by evidence. They are frequently dropped in to arguments against taking a stronger stance against alcohol related harm. They are clichés and have little evidential backing.
Play Alcohol Reform Bill Bingo here. First person to come into the Drug Foundation office (with sources) and yell “BINGO!” wins a prize.
Let's get it right
We've created these factsheets for Members of Parliament, media, and you so that we can get it right.
What you need to know about the Alcohol Reform Bill
The bill came from the concerns of ordinary New Zealanders expressed in the Law Commission's report to our Parliament. We're not getting liquor law right at the moment, and while the Alcohol Reform Bill is a good start there are some changes that could be made so we can get it right. Read our introduction factsheet here.
Price and the Alcohol Reform Bill
Alcohol is cheap as chips in New Zealand. We need to increase the price of alcohol to decrease the amount of harm it causes. Read our price factsheet here.
Advertising and the Alcohol Reform Bill
The alcohol industry spends a lot of money to make drinking look sophisticated, fun and sexy. What it doesn’t show is the harm caused by alcohol. Read our advertising factsheet here.
Availability and the Alcohol Reform Bill
Alcohol is available almost anywhere at any time. This has directly led to an increase in alcohol-related harm. Relaxing our liquor laws was a mistake. Read our availability factsheet here.
Drink driving and the Alcohol Reform Bill
Drink driving is one of the most visible and often horrific manifestations of alcohol-related harm. Our blood alcohol limit is too high. Read our drink driving fact sheet here.
Mythbusting the alcohol industry
The alcohol industry spends over $150,000,000 a year marketing booze. They use this money to manufacture myths that gloss over the harm alcohol causes in our communities. Read our mythbusters sheet here.
Previous work on the Alcohol Reform Bill
It's finally here! The Alcohol Reform Bill currently before Parliament is the Government's response to the review of our liquor laws by Law Commission President Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
The Commission made 153 recommendations but not all have been accepted. The Government has taken steps in the right direction but has ignored a number of the most important reforms needed to bring real change.
Submissions have now closed
The Alcohol Reform Bill must pass through a Select Committee Process. Where those who have put in a submission and called for an oral presentation may have the chance to speak directly to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee.
Read our submission
Alcohol Marketing is one of the key areas the Government has ignored.
Read why marketing matters when it comes to reducing alcohol harms and also check out the video below:
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