The 2018/19 New Zealand Health Survey showed that around 787,000 adults (or 20% of the population aged 15 years+) were classified as hazardous drinkers. More than one-third (35.4%) of 18-24 year olds adults were classified as hazardous drinkers.
Many of these will be at risk of having or developing an addiction.
Dependence / addiction
There is a lack of information on the number of New Zealanders with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence. In 2006, it was estimated that just over 4% of the population in their lifetime will experience alcohol addiction and 11% will experience alcohol abuse.