March 10, 2022
Weak booze laws hurting babies
Health advocates say this new week’s Waitangi Tribunal hearing on alcohol harm should shame the Government into action.
The tribunal will hear evidence from a panel of experts about systemic failures by successive Governments to address the unequal harms to Māori from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
Health Coalition Aotearoa Rōpū Apaarangi Waipiro panel member Nicki Jackson says weak regulation has resulted in the oversaturation of alcohol outlets across many communities, low alcohol prices, and sophisticated advertising to target young people and those of child-bearing age.
An estimated one-half of all pregnancies are exposed to alcohol and as many as 1800 babies are born with FASD in Aotearoa each year.