In 2018/19, almost 4 in every 5 New Zealand adults (80.3%) drank alcohol in the past year. This equates to 3,162,00 adults aged 15 years or over.
More males (84.5%) than females (76.3%) reported drinking in the past year. Click here to see the full results from the large New Zealand Health Survey.
Comparison between subgroups (adjusted by age/sex /ethnic group)
The 2018/19 New Zealand Health Survey found that:
- Men were 11% more likely to drink than women.
- Māori (total) were 4% more likely to drink than non-Māori women.
- Māori women were 7% more likely to drink than non-Māori women.
- Pacific people (total) were 25% less likely to drink than non-Pacific people
- Pacific men 21% less likely, and
- Pacific women 29% less likely.
- Asian people (total) were significantly 31% less likely to drink than non-Asian people (total)
- Asian men 22% less likely,
- and Asian females 42% less likely.
- Men/women living in the most deprived neighbourhoods were significantly less likely to drink than men/women living in the least deprived neighbourhoods.
Changes in past-year drinking over time
Past-year drinking in the 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:
- The total NZ population (78.7% in 2017/18 to 80.3% in 2018/19)
- Total Māori population (79.7% to 83.4%)
- Māori men (80.1% to 85.3%)
- Total Pacific population (54.4% to 61.2%)
- Pacific women (49.4% to 56.4%)
- Asian women (44.5% to 49.6%)
- 75+ years olds (66.2% to 71.5%).
Click here to see the data.