MP wants danger alerts on booze

Sunday News 16 May 2010

Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling for prominent warning labels on bottles of alcohol in the wake of the death of schoolboy James Webster who had been drinking vodka. The 16-year-old Auckland King’s College student died after drinking a bottle of straight spirits and falling into an alcohol-induced coma on Saturday last week. James’ uncle, Donald Webster, suspected his nephew didn’t know the difference between the vodka and similar-sized pre-mixed vodka and fruit juice drinks popular with young drinkers. The RTDs contains around 8% alcohol compared to straight vodka which ranges from 35 to 50% alcohol. Current labelling on booze bottles show the alcohol content and approximate standard drinks in small print.