I am sitting on the Justice and Electoral Select Committee as we hear submissions on the Alcohol Reform Bill for two days in Auckland.
There have been so many powerful and moving submissions. Some brave individuals have shared their own stories of alcohol harm. Overwhelmingly submitters are urging that a decisive leadership role is taken in dealing with alcohol harm. Submitters illustrate time and again what research has shown and that is as a drug alcohol causes greater harm to others than to self.
One submitter yesterday afternoon showed us a photograph of an advertisement in a local off-license for RTDs (ready to drink) which cost $1 per can. He pointed out that a can contains one and a half standard drinks. This means 20 standard drinks for$12. According to the submitter, a health professional, depending on the person somewhere in the vicinity of 30 standard drinks is enough to kill you.
This example illustrated key points that submitters are overwhelmingly saying which is that the Government needs to strengthen this Bill in relation to issues like price, availability and advertising/sponsorship. There is also huge support for lowering the blood alcohol level to 0.05 from 0.08.