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Tonga drinking age rise a 'quick fix' for complex cultural problem

Tonga drinking age rise a 'quick fix' for complex cultural problem

Updated 30 July 2014, 9:23 AEST

Tonga's drinking age is set to be raised from 18 to 21.

Parliament has moved to amend the law, citing escalating violence among teenagers as the main reason for change.

Health minister Lord Tu'i'afitu has told parliament he's convinced that alcohol consumption is the root cause of the trouble.

Drew Havea is President of Tonga's National Youth Congress says it's a complicated cultural issue.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Drew Havea, president, National Youth Congress, Tonga

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