Roger Kerr of the Business Roundtable has been repeating the tired old mantra that the answer to New Zealand's alcohol problem is for individual drinkers to be more responsible.

Referring to Sir Geoffrey Palmer's report "Alcohol in our lives", he wrote: "The report misses the point that the whole emphasis in the debate should be on the responsibility of drinkers, not suppliers. We should insist that people take responsibility for their own actions [and] interventions should be targeted directly at abuse."

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