Minimum Drinking Age - 1998

The current minimum drinking age is 20 years. There are a number of exceptions, however, that permit 18 year olds and younger people to drink in many situations. The legislation is confusing for the public, the hospitality industry and enforcement bodies.
Proposed Legislation
The legal minimum drinking age be lowered to 18 years. Minor may be sold or supplied liquor if accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

Suggested Recommendation

Legal minimum drinking age of 20 years with no exceptions for purchasing alcohol. Minors accompanied by parents or legal guardian allowed on licensed premises.

New Zealand Facts

* A survey of drinking patterns in Auckland from 1990 - 1996 show a

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on licensed premises. 3

* A former New Zealand Police Commissioner claims that moves to lower
the legal drinking age to 18 would create more than 100,000 extra
legal drinkers, having an "immediate impact" on law and order. 4

* Research evidence suggests that the younger the age when drinking
begins, and the greater the amount of drinking done in early years,
the greater the amount of alcohol-related problems later on. 5

* Young people experience the highest rate of health and social problems
associated with alcohol. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause
of deaths for teenagers. New Zealand has one of the highest rate of
road deaths per 100,000 population among Western motorised countries
for those aged 15-24 years. 6

Overseas Research

* In the early 1970s 28 states in North America lowered the drinking
age to 18 but after significant increases in road crashes and
alcohol-related problems, the age was raised ...

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