The Law Commission’s Alcohol Issues Paper is, I was told by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1.4 kg heavy. It is probably one of the most comprehensive reviews of liquor issues ever created.
At this stage, the law commission is making no recommendations. The issues paper is out for consultation through to October after which the Law Commission has until the end of March to report back to Parliament.
So Lianne Dalziel and I though we’d post some of the issues on Red Alert and give you the opportunity to comment on them one by one.
And since the purchasing age is the point getting the most attention, let’s start there and get it off our collective chests…
There are a range of options for the purchasing age: Stay at 18 or increase to 19, 20 or 21.
There is another option also proposed: Split the purchasing age so it would be 18 for on-licence premises (ie pubs, restaurants etc) and 20 for off-licences (supermarkets, wholesalers etc).