Renewed calls for a drastic law change have surfaced following the alcohol related death of school girl Bayli Elliot who died over the long weekend.
It's believed the 18-year-old died from alcohol poisoning.
Her death has devastated Timaru's Mountainview High School with Principal Mark Jones describing the situation as "very raw".
"We have a lot of upset students and I've got staff at the moment who are struggling to cope".
ONE News understands Bayli had been drinking at a party and was later found unconscious but by the time St John Ambulance got there it was too late to save her.
Her friends have flooded Facebook with messages of grief and love and the school is organising counselling for those upset by her death.
Alcohol safety campaigners say it's yet another wakeup call with Alcohol Drug Association's Paul Rout saying the tragic incident "could have been avoided".
He says there needs to be a drastic change in drinking culture and legislation.
A legislation that would introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, raise the purchase age to 20 and reduce its accessibility.
"There's way too many people and young people who are dying as the result of binge drinking in New Zealand".