9 May 2005

Dear Sir
Your editorial (Drink issue not just about age 09/05/05) suggests it is futile to expect that young people will alter their drinking behaviour just because of an adjustment in the legal framework for selling alcohol. This is incorrect. Legislation is the most effective tool to change behaviour around any drug use including alcohol. Law change, behaviour change and attitude change in that order, is what it took to reduce tobacco use and drink driving. When drinking laws are loosened as they have been over the last two decades, people particularly young people, drink more often and hurt more often. Research and experience right round the world including New Zealand backs that up.

Christine Rogan