Auckland at 9pm: No more booze for you!

via Stuff

Bottle shops in Auckland will be forced to close two hours earlier under the city’s latest alcohol policy.

Auckland Council has publicly notified its newly-amended Local Alcohol Policy which will see off-licences close at 9pm.

The current off-licence trading hours are 7am-11pm.

So get used to roped off areas in supermarkets after 9pm.   Get ready for tourists declaring us “quaint” as one of civilisation’s backwaters.   A typical response by typical busy bodies:  Ban it.  And if you can’t ban it, regulate it.   

“Research internationally shows that when you cut those hours back at night-time, alcohol-related hospital admissions go down,” she said.

“New Zealand research also shows that if you buy alcohol after 10pm, you’re twice as likely to be a heavy drinker.”

However, Jackson was disappointed that off-licences would still be able to open their doors at 7am.

“We would prefer later opening hours,” she said.

“There’s about 45,000 Aucklanders right now that experience alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence, and we want to do everything we can to protect those people from being exposed to alcohol in those early hours.

“Our social service providers tell us the morning is very difficult for people with addiction.”

Here’s an idea.  Let’s stop people using vehicles on Wednesdays.  Some people have accidents on Wednesdays.   If we stop them from driving, there will be fewer hospital admissions.

The twisted logic used to justify these ridiculous changes only appear to make sense on the surface.  After all, who can disagree with less violence and fewer hospital admissions.

They are taking people’s freedoms away by liberal farting around the edges.

Because someone must do something.

No, they don’t.


– Stuff

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