70% of girls aged 14-17 tuck into RTDs


The weekends should be relaxing. But this weekend there will be crisis meetings at Independent Liquor as booze boss Julian Davidson and his highly paid spin merchant Mark Unsworth try to figure out how to counter this alarming figure.

Anti booze troughers Alcohol Healthwatch and Women?s Health Action have?banged out a report saying that women are binge drinking like the blokes.?

Outspoken critic of the alcohol industry Rebecca Williams, is calling for tobacco-styled restrictions for booze like increasing the price of alcohol, restricting its marketing and ?interventions? that respond to the specific needs on women.

Williams will have a friend in Manurewa Local Board Chair Angela Dalton as the?Manurewa/Papakura Local Boards? fight to rid their areas of the scourge of RTDs?being heavily pushed by Independent Liquor onto the poor and vulnerable youth of South Auckland.


I?ve posted before on how?RTDs are in the Government?s cross-hairs?and this new report will pour fuel onto the fire, especially the alarming figure that 70% of girls aged 14-17 years (who are drinking) are heavy users of RTDs.

Meanwhile, Independent Liquor?s sponsored travel blogger David Farrar, can?t be relied on to help as he?s calling for label changes that highlight calories ? a move that will end up costing Independent Liquor hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs to manage.