The Use and Misuse of Alcohol in New Zealand

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"The Use and Misuse of Alcohol in New Zealand" ."In many cities the crowd around the bar is so thick that instead of filling glasses from the old-fashioned beer pumps, the hotel staff takes the beer to the glasses by long plastic hoses a dreadful sight to those unused to it (lawcom.govt.nz) As these excerpts tell us, New Zeeland has long had a love-affair with alcohol. The 6.00 clock closing of bars was the first law to hit NZ bars in the early 1900s on the grounds that drinking impacted the domestic harmony. This was soon followed by prohibition of hiring new barmaids since it was feared that attractive barmaids enticed men to drink (Paul, 2006)). Both bans were rescinded in 1962 and from the 1970s onwards there was a relaxation in bans on liquor. . Today licensing requirements obligate food to be sold alongside liqueur in the hope that groceries will domesticate the drinking environment and quell barbarities but there are a lot of parallels between recent liquor-related laws and the 1881 Act which directed local committees to monitor and control licensing. The number of drinks sold depending on voters and between 1893 and 1918, voters even had the power to close liqueur outlets in their electorates. In 1911 the triennial licensing poll on National Prohibition was introduced and this continued to regulate liquor until 1987. History has come full circle, since once again a Parliamentary committee is considering the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Liquor and Liquor
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