The Presbyterian Church has made a public statement condemning New Zealand’s binge-drinking culture and calling for effective government policies to combat it.
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Right Rev Andrew Norton, says the church isn’t against alcohol and the community must play a role in providing alcohol-free activities for young people.
But he says the drinking age should to be increased to 20 and effective government policies that reduce the availability of alcohol are needed.
Council by-laws that address alcohol consumption are also important.
“A big part of the problem is that binge drinking has become normalised in New Zealand,” he said in a statement.