25 Apr 2014

Alcohol price policy seen as at expense of health

12:15 pm on 25 April 2014

An alcohol awareness group says the Government's rejection of a minimum price policy shows support for big alcohol companies at the expense of public health.

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A Ministry of Justice report recommends minimum pricing not be introduced for five years.

Justice Minister Judith Collins said there's no compelling evidence in favour of such a policy, and it would hit moderate drinkers the most.

But Alcohol Action New Zealand spokesperson Doug Sellman said the decision is a boost for the alcohol industry, which benefits from a heavy drinking culture.

''But,'' he said, ''it's also a dark day for ordinary New Zealanders.''