1. Drinking trends among Pacific adults in New Zealand

More Pacific people do not drink

In general, Pacific adults are less likely to have consumed alcohol in the past year.

In 2016/17, 60.3% of Pacific adults had consumed alcohol in the past year [84], which is significantly lower than the total New Zealand population of past-year drinkers (79.3%).

Among the diverse Pacific population, Cook Islanders and Niueans have been found to be more likely to drink than those of Samoan or Tongan ethnicity [55].

Gender differences also exist among Tongans, with men being significantly more likely to drink than women [55]. 

Among those that drink, hazardous drinking is common

However, around 4 in 10 (38.8%) of Pacific past-year drinkers were classified as hazardous drinkers (AUDIT score equals or greater than 8) [84].

In 2016/17, Pacific adults drinkers were 1.3 times more likely to be hazardous drinkers than non-Pacific drinkers, after taking into account age and sex [84].

In comparison, the prevalence of hazardous drinking among Maori drinkers was 41.5%, 23.6% in European drinkers and 11.9% in Asian drinkers [84].