The National Committee for Addiction Treatment (NCAT) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposed Alcohol Reform Bill.

The bill is a good start along the path to changing New Zealand’s binge drinking culture and reducing the harm from alcohol use. The addiction treatment sectors primary concern is that it will not be well enough resourced to meet the increasing demand for services.

The National Committee for Addiction Treatment (NCAT) is the national voice of the addiction treatment sector, representing treatment, education, research, policy, and other interests. Further information about NCAT is attached to this submission.

We would welcome the opportunity to appear before the Select Committee to make an oral submission.

We would also strongly encourage members of the Select Committee to visit addiction treatment services across New Zealand in order to become more informed about the challenges facing our sector and of the issues confronting our clients. We offer our assistance to help arrange such visits.

Our submission details our concerns we hold about the Bill, which primarily focus on the lack of resources currently invested in addiction services. We argue this lack of resourcing limits the ability of Government and communities to reduce alcohol harm. We also provide comment on wider public health matters relating to the price of alcohol, the way alcohol products are marketed, the availability of alcohol in our communities, and the unnecessarily high adult drink drive limit.

download a printable pdf of the 'Submission on the Alcohol Reform Bill'