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VUWSA opposes calls to raise drinking age

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The Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association (VUWSA) opposes renewed calls to raise the drinking age to 20.

Recently, Justice Minister Simon Power announced that parliament would consider the issue this year as part of the Sale and Supply of Liquor and Liquor Enforcement Bill.

VUWSA has longstanding policy supporting the legal drinking age being 18, which was made law in 1999. VUWSA also opposed the 2006 Martin Gallagher bill to revert the drinking age to 20.

"Instead of knee jerk calls to raise the drinking age, real work needs to be done to change the binge drinking culture which existed even when the age was 20," says Jasmine Freemantle, VUWSA President.

In 2008, District Commander of the Canterbury Police Dave Cliff, called for the drinking age to be increased after two teenage girls were run down outside a party in Christchurch.

"Raising the drinking age would not have helped in this case, as the offender was 23 years old."

"Yet again, instead of addressing the real issues affecting young people, politicians rehash the drinking age debate," concludes Freemantle.

ENDS

For further comment or information please contact:

Jasmine Freemantle
President
Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association
Ph: (04) 463-6986 Mob: (027) 563-6986
president@vuwsa.org.nz
www.vuwsa.org.nz

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Comments

Re: VUWSA opposes calls to raise drinking age

Who cares what VUWSA opposes, I know we don't.

Re: VUWSA opposes calls to raise drinking age

Students opposed to the raising of the drinking age? that's something I didn't see coming.