Media ReleaseFrom: New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA)
Another government ignores a recommendation to strengthen alcohol regulations
The recent report of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction included a recommendation for the government to strengthen alcohol regulations. The government has chosen to ignore this, thus joining a procession of successive governments over the past 10 years, which have been unable to bring about public health measures to curb excessive drinking and thereby reduce associated harm.
Two questions must be asked and straight answers sought: (i) whose stakes are at risk if the people of New Zealand drank less alcohol? and (ii) do these vested interests have undue influence on New Zealand’s political processes behind the scenes?