NZ Herald Mar 02, 2009
The legal age for drinking, beer advertisements and blood alcohol levels for drivers are being scrutinised as the Law Commission reviews the liquor laws. The commission’s review, the biggest since the Laking Report in the mid-1980s, will consider issues including the proliferation of liquor outlets and how alcohol consumption contributes to criminal offending. ..Exacerbating the issue was a “high prevalence of hazardous drinking” where “binge drinking appears to be a particular problem”. Sir Geoffrey cited a number of social harms caused by alcohol. He said both male and female youth were now at risk and alcohol made a “significant contribution” to criminal offending.