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Bars to open for all RWC games

Bars to open for all RWC games | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
It might be said rugby is the winner on the day, but the Greens would ask at what cost, as bars are set to show the lot.
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Instead of just for NZ games, the NZ Govt. are allowing bars to open 1 hour before every match of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Do you think this is good, bad, or both? Why?

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Drink driver sentenced on 18th birthday

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A Lower Hutt drink-driver has been sentenced on his 18th birthday.
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There are several consequences to drink driving, not only financially and emotionally for the driver but for their family members who have to give up time to attend court;  as well as physically for the people who are injured as a result of someone's stupidity. And this case seems to be a 'happy ending'.

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One-off medicinal cannabis approved

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Govt approves medicinal cannabis for a teenager in an induced coma in Wellington hospital.
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Roast Busters case: 'Where was the respect?' - police - National - NZ Herald News

Roast Busters case: 'Where was the respect?' - police - National - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Charges will not be laid against the alleged offenders involved in the Roast Busters scandal. - New Zealand Herald
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Should all the victims of the 'Roast Busters' come forward, or is it "their fault" for being drunk and allowing themselves to be vulnerable?

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All Blacks: Cruden misses flight after drinking session - Sport - NZ Herald News

All Blacks: Cruden misses flight after drinking session - Sport - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Aaron Cruden has been dropped from the All Blacks squad for the away leg of the Rugby Championship for disciplinary reasons. - New Zealand Herald
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Should Aaron Cruden have been banned from the All Blacks' squad?

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jayde herkt's comment, October 30, 2014 5:22 PM
no because he took responsibility for what he did and faced the consequences
Leia Stephens's comment, October 30, 2014 5:23 PM
Yeeeeeah sure
Tanna gray's comment, October 30, 2014 5:24 PM
yeppp
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NZ's cannabis high creates frightening statistic - Opinion - Rotorua Daily Post News

NZ's cannabis high creates frightening statistic - Opinion - Rotorua Daily Post News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
New Zealand may be at the bottom of the planet but is the highest in the world, according to a United Nations report on drug use released this week, which said Kiwis and Australians - Rotorua Daily Post
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3 Ways High Schools Are Combating Marijuana Use - US News

3 Ways High Schools Are Combating Marijuana Use - US News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Simply talking to teens about the dangers of marijuana doesn't prevent use of the drug, experts say.

Via Mel Riddile
Melanie Mills's insight:

Are these three strategies working? Is there more that schools in NZ could be doing to help education students in a way that will make them genuinely understand the impacts of drug use?

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melissa couper's comment, October 30, 2014 5:20 PM
No, i dont think these strategies are working as we know teenagers take risks and often rebel against rules such as school policies.
Leia Stephens's comment, October 30, 2014 5:24 PM
Nope because teenagers think its fun disobeying rules.
Taylor.Doidge's comment, October 30, 2014 5:28 PM
No because teenagers often try rebel against school rules.
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Auckland's alcohol-related harm worst in New Zealand - National - NZ Herald News

Auckland's alcohol-related harm worst in New Zealand - National - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
A check on the harms of alcohol shows Aucklanders perform worse than the rest of New Zealanders on three counts. - New Zealand Herald
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Why is it worse in Auckland?

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melissa couper's comment, October 30, 2014 5:22 PM
Auckland has lots of binge drinking which leads to harm of others and the ones who have binged.
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Act accuses Conservative Party of plan to boost tax on alcohol - National - NZ Herald News

Act accuses Conservative Party of plan to boost tax on alcohol - National - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Act has pounced on the Conservative Party's admission that it has not fully costed its policies, claiming that leader Colin Craig is making it up as he goes along. - New Zealand Herald
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With voters taking to the polls tomorrow, it's a shame that leaders aren't clear on their policies, or hold consistent viewpoints. Maybe taxing alcohol to a higher extent could reduce NZers consumption, but what should the additional income go towards?

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What Happens To Your Brain When You Get Black-Out Drunk?

What Happens To Your Brain When You Get Black-Out Drunk? | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
You wake up in an unfamiliar room, missing a button or two, with a few stains on your shirt that you're hoping are food-related. The last thing you remember from the night before was downing that fourth shot of Cuervo.
Melanie Mills's insight:
Not an ideal situation, and definitely should make people think about the SPEED of consumption, as well as WHAT they are drinking.
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Laura Oram's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:55 PM

Results of binge drinking

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Coroner lashes out at NZ's dangerous drinking culture - New Zealand Herald

Coroner lashes out at NZ's dangerous drinking culture - New Zealand Herald | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Coroner lashes out at NZ's dangerous drinking culture
New Zealand Herald
"The rapid consumption of alcohol in drinking games can contribute to an excess consumption of alcohol and death.

Via Shanley Joyce, Merrick Rennell
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Laura Oram's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:54 PM

Drinking culture in NZ

Elena Nascetti's comment, October 30, 2014 5:31 PM
I don't even understand how someone can take that much liquid
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Mum's fury as son, 9, given alcohol - New Zealand Herald

Mum's fury as son, 9, given alcohol - New Zealand Herald | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
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Mum's fury as son, 9, given alcohol
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The mother of a Hamilton boy who was filmed celebrating his ninth birthday drinking at a skatepark says she was shocked and angry to discover he had been consuming alcohol.
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Laura Oram's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:53 PM

Children drinking alcohol

Madeleine's comment, October 30, 2014 5:25 PM
I feel bad for his parents because it's obviously not her fault.
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Alcohol addiction is 'my disease' - Stuff.co.nz

Alcohol addiction is 'my disease' - Stuff.co.nz | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
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Alcohol addiction is 'my disease'
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As many people who go to AA discover, they may have been swapping one addiction for another throughout their lives. Hayley, 42, found she was switching between booze, drugs and food.

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Greens welcome more responsible RWC booze bill - National - NZ Herald News

Greens welcome more responsible RWC booze bill - National - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Act Party leader David Seymour says the Green Party has gone from party poopers to party facilitators after reversing its opposition to his Rugby World Cup bill. - New Zealand Herald
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What does it say about NZ society, that we have actually CHANGED LAWS so that we can drink in bars first thing in the morning while watching sport?

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Mum wants medicinal cannabis for son

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"As a parent, no matter what the age of your child, you would try anything to improve their quality of life," mum said.
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'Sorry' for giving teens alcohol

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Mother wants school and parents to know she made "one hell of a mistake".
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Do you think this is common in NZ society?

 

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Calls for law change after teenager's death from alcohol poisoning

Calls for law change after teenager's death from alcohol poisoning | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
It's believed 18-year-old Bayli Elliot died from alcohol poisoning. 
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Horrible.

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Leia Stephens's comment, October 30, 2014 5:27 PM
They shouldn't change it because it's just going to make teens who are 18/19 get fake i.d's and stuff to access alcohol.
Tanna gray's comment, October 30, 2014 5:28 PM
if they change it then teenagers will just want alcohol more
Tanna gray's comment, October 30, 2014 5:28 PM
if they change it then teenagers will just want alcohol more
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Arrest in case of comatose teen - National - NZ Herald News

Arrest in case of comatose teen - National - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
A near-dead comatose Cromwell teen found in the street was nearly mistaken for a pile of rubbish. - New Zealand Herald
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jayde herkt's comment, October 30, 2014 5:27 PM
i am horridified
Teagan Lala's comment, October 30, 2014 5:28 PM
the 18 year old should not have supplied a minor alcohol.
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Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers - World - NZ Herald News

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers - World - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers - New Zealand Herald
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Decision 14: The Election according to booze - Entertainment - NZ Herald Videos

Decision 14: The Election according to booze - Entertainment - NZ Herald Videos | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Using the international measurement of 'how full is the glass', Hauraki's Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells are joined by Newstalk ZB’s Danny Watson to discuss how well our political parties have performed in the campaign.
Melanie Mills's insight:

Is this funny? Informative? Or is this just another example of New Zealanders' alcohol abuse?

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jayde herkt's comment, October 30, 2014 5:23 PM
just another example of nz alcohol abuse
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Pot smokers more than double risk of dropping out of school - Life & Style - NZ Herald News

Pot smokers more than double risk of dropping out of school - Life & Style - NZ Herald News | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Teen cannabis smokers are 60 per cent more likely to drop out of high school than their non-smoking peers, and are more likely to use other drugs and attempt suicide. - New Zealand Herald
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Teens need to be aware of the risks of smoking cannabis, not only the short-term effects, but what can happen to their 'drive' and long term emotional state.

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Elena Nascetti's comment, October 30, 2014 5:35 PM
Kinda expected
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Cap North's booze outlets: expert - Northern Advocate - Northern Advocate News

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A cap on liquor outlets and a minimum price for booze are immediate things local and central government can do to address Northland - and New Zealand's - appalling alcohol-related - Northern Advocate
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Why might government ignore recommendations to reduce the availability of alcohol and increase the price?

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Kiwis swear off drink in bid to end binge drinking culture - Voxy

Kiwis swear off drink in bid to end binge drinking culture - Voxy | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
Kiwis swear off drink in bid to end binge drinking culture Voxy Over 2,000 Kiwis have signed up to the alcohol behavioural change programme Hello Sunday Morning (HSM) since it launched in New Zealand in May last year, while globally, over 19,000...
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For The Love of Alcohol - NZ Documentary

We take a look at the New Zealand drinking culture to see why we drink so much and what some of the consequences are. We also investigate what our emergency ...

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katie Dobson's curator insight, June 23, 2013 7:50 PM

Great short NZ documentary to use for 2.1 - Alcohol abuse

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Police: speed, alcohol to blame for Tamaki Dr crash - 3News NZ

Police: speed, alcohol to blame for Tamaki Dr crash - 3News NZ | Drugs and Alcohol in NZ Society | Scoop.it
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Police: speed, alcohol to blame for Tamaki Dr crash
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Police believe a major crash, which closed a large section of Auckland's waterfront last night, was due to excessive speed and alcohol.

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Laura Oram's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:54 PM

Consequences of drinking and driving