Drinking in the past year

In 2018/19, almost 4 in every 5 New Zealand adults (80.3% or around 3,162,00 adults) drank alcohol in the past year.

  • 84.5% of males and 76.3% of females were past-year drinkers.

For information on the prevalence of past-year drinking, click the button PAST-YEAR DRINKING.

Comparison between subgroup (adjusted by age/sex / ethnic group):

Changes in past-year drinking over time

Past-year drinking in total New Zealand adult population significantly decreased between 2006/07 and 2011/12, stabilised until 2017/18, and then significantly increased between 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, significant increases in past-year drinking were found among: 

 


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