Pre-European Māori were one of very societies in the world NOT TO produce their own waipiro / alcohol.
Māori experience significant inequities in alcohol use and harm. These inequities are preventable and are driven by many factors in our society including racism, availability of alcohol, deprivation, access to services, and past and present impacts of colonisation.
In 2019/20, Māori males were 1.6 times more likely to be hazardous drinkers than non-Māori males.
In 2019/20, Māori females are 2.2 times more likely to be hazardous drinkers than non-Māori females
Rates of hazardous drinking among Māori women increased substantially from 2011 to 2016.
Māori are more likely to experience alcohol-related harm than non-Māori. Young Māori males are more negatively impacted by living in close proximity to alcohol outlets than European young males - the reason for this is currently unknown.
Biological differences between Māori and non-Māori do not explain the inequities that Māori face in relation to alcohol - wider societal and environmental factors must be the focus in preventing and reducing harm.