The Dominion Post has an editorial on alcohol law reform.
The Alcohol Reform Bill is a tiny step towards addressing New Zealand’s binge-drinking problem. It will not end the disturbing attitude too many Kiwis have towards booze.
And they close with:
The reality is that while politicians can determine the law on where, when and by whom alcohol can be legally purchased and consumed, they cannot influence the most important issue – how. What is needed for that to occur is a culture change, something no legislation can provide.
I think they’re right.
We have a booze problem. Too many parts of our society, often our friends and family, have a booze problem. And we don’t do enough to address it.
Waiting for politicians to fix all our problems will fix little or nothing.
A culture change requires people within that culture to change, and to speak up for change.