Supermarkets are drug pushers, says lobbyist

NZ Herald Aug 30, 2010

Supermarkets are drug “pushers” who are selling high quantities of discounted wine and should be viewed the same as dealers dishing out Ecstasy pills or morphine. It may seem extreme but it’s a view that Professor Doug Sellman, director of the National Addiction Centre and spokesman for the Alcohol Action Group, is taking quite seriously. Professor Sellman believes the Government should remove alcohol from supermarket shelves and limit the amount of advertising operators are allowed for liquor, among many changes he hopes might alter people’s attitudes to drinking. Think it’s over the top? He will tell you that’s because you have been brainwashed into downplaying our excessive consumption of alcohol. In a three-month study of advertising in the Herald, the Dominion Post, the Press and the Otago Daily Times, Professor Sellman said New World was the country’s biggest “drug pusher” because it had the most alcohol-related advertising.