|From the Council's April magazine edition.|
The beverage industry's Distilled Spirits Association says that means bars, restaurants, liquor stores and other outlets will be required to add relevant mark-ups just to stay even, according to DSA chief executive Thomas Chin.
Chin notes that the new tax rate means about 75% of the retail price of a standard bottle of alcohol now goes to the national government in some form of taxation.
Support for the increased taxation came from a combination of forces, including those opposed to the growth in problem drinking.
There is a troublesome drinking culture in this south Pacific nation where 18 is the legal drinking age. According to statistics from the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand:
- 85% of New Zealanders ages 16 to 64 drank alcohol in the past year.
- 61.6% past-year drinkers consumed more than the Counci recommends (a maximum of six standard drinks for males and four for females on a drinking occasion) at least once during the last year.
- 12.6% past-year drinkers consumed more than the recommended guidelines more than once a week during the last year.
- 17.7% adults (aged 15+) have a potentially hazardous drinking pattern.
- 28.7% of women who had been pregnant in the past three years reported that they had consumed alcohol while pregnant.
- 10% of adult drinkers reported planning to get drunk on their last drinking occasion.
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