Young people often look to their friends and family for support. If you know a young person who needs help because of their drinking, read this section to find the help they need.
If young people are supplied with alcohol (with consent of the parent/guardian) then it must be done in a responsible manner.
This section highlights the importance of supervision so that alcohol harms are minimised for this very vulnerable group.
Alcohol supplied by others (friends, siblings, older peers, etc) can be incredibly risky for a young person.
Because of this, many communities around the country are taking action to reduce the social supply of alcohol to young people. This section highights the risk from alcohol being supplied by others and enables you to take action to protect the lives of our young people.
Parents are a primary source of alcohol for young people in New Zealand. This section highlights the role of parental alcohol supply in alcohol-related harm.
In New Zealand, it is illegal for any licensed premises to sell alcohol to a person under 18 years of age. It is also illegal for a young person to buy alcohol before they turn 18.
There are different rules for alcohol being supplied to a young person when they are with their parent'/guardian in a licensed premises.
This section is about young people being supplied with alcohol from licensed premises, and how you can take action to reduce harm.
You can play an important role in giving young people the best start in life. By supporting young people to be alcohol-free, you can protect them from range of alcohol-related harms.
Families and communities can develop stong rules and messages around alcohol. All of us can be mindful around the modelling of alcohol use in front of children.
Strong laws are very important to support the actions we take. This includes laws relating to the price and availability of alcohol, its advertising and marketing, as well as the minimum purchase age (i.e. 18 years).
Our 2012 liquor laws gave each of the 67 local Councils in New Zealand the ability to develop a Local Alcohol Policy.
They are not mandatory; many Councils have not yet progressed to developing a policy. These policies can specify the location of new outlets (e.g. close to schools, etc), density/number of premises permitted in the region (or particular areas), trading hours of premises, as well as the types of discretionary conditions which can be added to a licence.
Local Alcohol Policies offer a significant opportunity to reduce alcohol-related harm in your community.
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Holding an alcohol licence is a privilege and not a right. It is important the licence holders and licensed premises comply with the law and conditions on their licence.
This section describes the importance of this area of action and guides you through the process of making a complaint about a local licensed premises. For information on taking action on single areas within supermarkets, please click here.