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Parliament has voted 69 to 53 in favour of keeping the alcohol purchase age at 18 years old after a conscience vote today.
Justice Minister Judith Collins says keeping the purchase age at 18 across the board denies one effective way of curbing problem drinking, but it is not the only tool available.
“Our Alcohol Reform Bill aims to drive lasting change to our drinking culture, and has a wide range of measures to reduce alcohol-related harm in our families and communities.
“I am very pleased to be leading this Bill through Parliament. This is the first time in more than two decades that any Government is acting to restrict rather than relax our drinking laws.
“But, we can’t do it alone. We all have a role to play in shifting our drinking culture, towards more moderate and responsible alcohol consumption,” Ms Collins says.
Alcohol purchase age was the first part of the Government’s Alcohol Reform Bill to be debated. The remaining committee stages of the Bill will progress through the House as time becomes available.
Key proposals to reduce alcohol-related harm include: