Alcohol at school fairs criticised 8 November 2013
The presence of alcohol at Canterbury school fairs has been slammed as damaging to children by a leading anti-drugs advocate.

National Drug Addiction Centre director Doug Sellman said allowing adults to buy and drink alcohol at fairs would only continue to normalise drinking culture in New Zealand.

“Imagine if it was people selling ecstasy. We just don’t see alcohol as a drug. It is causing enormous damage to New Zealand and to our children.”

Alcohol common at school events

But New Zealand Principals’ Federation national president Phil Harding said it was common for school events to have alcohol available. Its sale was used to generate income and create an atmosphere.

“Alcohol is a part of a package to make it as exciting and viable as possible,” he said.