Health spotlight goes on teenage drinking

NZ Herald Feb 02, 2009

The Ministry of Health is considering its own policy on youth drinking after the Australian Government hardened its stance on teenage consumption of alcohol. The new Australian National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines stated that there was no safe level of consumption for drinkers under 18. Sydney’s Sun-Herald reported that the guidelines, due to be released on February 28, warn parents that alcohol is particularly dangerous for under-15s and they should try to delay their teenagers’ drinking for as long as possible. The ministry’s chief adviser on child and youth health, Dr Pat Tuohy, told the Herald last night that the ministry was “looking with interest at this research” and “considering it alongside other international studies on the subject”. “The ministry will then decide upon what, if any appropriate action should be taken to protect the health of New Zealanders.”