Alcohol in New Zealand in 2014

Alcohol in New Zealand in 2014

We have major problems with alcohol in New Zealand – right through all socioeconomic areas and geographical lines.

“We’ve known for a long time that alcohol does cause a lot of problems.  People want help for themselves and their loved ones, but where do they go for help?”
Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell, April 2014.

What has the 2014 Global Drugs Survey found out about Kiwi drinking?

  • Alcohol causes the most admissions to emergency departments
  • 10% of drinkers could not stop once they started
  • 8% had a blackout while drinking at least monthly
  • An invisible swath of middle-class New Zealanders are drinking heavily
  • The survey covered 5731 New Zealand respondents, who had a mean age of 34.7, about half of whom had an undergraduate degree, and 84% of whom were employed
  • A large proportion of survey respondents recorded heavy drinking behaviour, but almost half of them believed their drinking was average or less than average compared with others

As reported by Fairfax News and on April 14, 2014.

Posted: Friday 25 April 2014