Story: Alcohol

Teen drinking cartoon

Teen drinking cartoon

This 2010 cartoon shows a shop owner being questioned about selling beer to a teenager, while a huge truck carrying alcopops (including one in 'breast flavour') passes behind. The implication is that in dealing with the problem of youthful drinking the wrong cause has been targeted. Alcopops or RTDs (ready to drinks) began to be widely available from 1996. The sweet spirits-based mixes attracted young people accustomed to fizzy soft drinks. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0015474
Cartoon by Chris Slane

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Alcohol - The drink revolution, 1960 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 13 Apr 2016