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Liquor Bans Effective In Curbing Alcohol Related Disorder: Survey

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Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

17 JULY 2009

Overnight liquor bans are supported by nearly all North Shore residents and business owners questioned in a recent survey, with most respondents believing the bans have been effective in minimising alcohol fuelled problems in public areas on the North Shore.

The overnight liquor bans, introduced in 2004, prohibit people from drinking in specified public places from 10pm to 6am during daylight savings and 9pm to 6am the rest of the year.

Residents and business owners living or working adjacent to some public areas where bans occur were asked for their feedback on the effectiveness or otherwise of the bans.

Of the questions asked in the survey, 99 percent of respondents generally support the liquor bans with 87 percent believing the current times of the bans are appropriate. 70.4 percent believe that the bans have been effective in curbing alcohol related problems in public places.

North Shore City Council's environmental protection senior advisor, Ian Parker, says the survey results are an excellent indication that the overnight liquor bans are not only accepted by people as something proactive, but they are also seen to be having an effect on curbing alcohol-fuelled poor behaviour in public places.

"It's good to see that the bans are seen as a positive thing for the North Shore. People can still enjoy a casual wine or beer whilst picnicking during the day, but they understand the need for rules around drinking in the evenings.

"It shows there is a real awareness of some of the alcohol related problems the Shore has had in the past. It's great to see the community supports these bans which aim to make the city a safer place," says Ian Parker.

The overnight bans have also been supported by Police who say they have contributed to a reduction in violent incidents in North Shore City and provide a valuable tool for Police to manage alcohol related crime and public disorder.

For more information on the overnight liquor bans visit www.northshorecity.govt.nz

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