Reinforcement of Alcohol Law for Below-18s

Reinforcement of Alcohol Law for Below-18sAccording to a new report, alcohol law has been reinforced for children less than 18 years of age. According to this law, parents and friends have been warned by researchers from the Massey University to develop strategies to reduce social supply in anticipation of this law change.

It has been reported that the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 comes into effect on December 18 with consent form the parents and guardian of below-18 students. The researchers from the Massey University have been funded by the heath minister to find out the more about social supply of alcohol to young people.

Professor Sally Casswell, Director of Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) at Massey University, said that friends and elders pose a big hand in causing harm to children. He said that older friends only encourage children to experience drinking and making them addictive to alcohol.

A survey of 700 people was conducted by the researchers, among them half were from urban areas and half from provincial areas. About 70% of the alcoholic suppliers reported that the alcohol had caused drunkenness and vomiting, absence from school, physical fights, arrest and many more in children under 18 years of age. They also reported two child deaths because of alcoholic consumption.