Today I received a letter from Alcohol Action NZ and although I don’t totally agree with their five-step solution to solving New Zealand’s drinking problem, they brought some compelling data to my attention:
• At least 25% of all New Zealand drinkers are heavy drinkers
• A third of all police apprehensions involve alcohol
• Half of all serious violent crimes involve alcohol
• 60 different medical conditions are caused by heavy drinking
• Up to 75% of adult presentations at Emergency Departments on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are alcohol related
• Over 300 alcohol-related offences every day
• Over 500 serious and fatal injury traffic crashes every year
• 17,000 years of life per-year are lost through alcohol
Also some interesting comments on my blog yesterday about alcohol reform:
1: Queenstown is a party town, The tourists clearly want this drinking as they are participating in it. Those vomit cleaners are in employment because of this and that is food in their mouths.
2: They (tourists) shouldn’t be shocked as plenty of them are partaking in the exercise themselves!
3: I remember when the minimum school leaving age was raised in the UK from 15 to 16. There was much resentment for a couple of years from those who considered they were being forced into an additional unnecessary year of school. Now, of course, no 14 year old Brit considers 15 as a natural age at which to leave school, and hasn’t for a couple of decades.
I wish I could be around such intelligent, witty and insightful people more often!