Some interesting reactions to Helen Clark’s comments about the liquor licensing laws in the wake of last week’s killing of Manurewa liquor store owner Navtej Singh. Clark noted the “grave concerns” of the Police about the role alcohol was playing in violent offending, and the soaring number of liquor outlets “since rules were relaxed in 1989 and new research linked outlet density with binge drinking and alcohol-related harm.”
The Drug Foundation “welcomes (the) PM to alcohol debate.” They say that the voices of a number of communities are ignored when liquor licensing decisions are made:
“Improving liquor licensing laws along with addressing cheap booze and liberal marketing practices will go a long way to turning around New Zealand’s poor drinking culture”, said Ross Bell.
Sounds reasonable. Of course communities should have a voice in how a dangerous drug is pushed on their streets. But wait… (more…)