Our Drinking Culture

Alcohol / waipiro causes significant harm to individuals, families and our society at large. It is our most widely used recreational drug and of all drugs available in society, causes the most harm. Check out the following sections to learn more about the way that New Zealanders drink, the impact of alcohol/waipiro on our communities and society, and the powerful influence of the multi-national alcohol industry.

Drinking in New Zealand

Almost one in five New Zealand adults are hazardous drinkers, placing themselves and others at risk of harm.

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Alcohol harm in New Zealand

Almost one in five New Zealand adults are hazardous drinkers, placing themselves and others at risk of harm.

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Our Drinking Environment

Our environment has a huge influence on our drinking. Alcohol is available for sale from everyday settings, is heavily advertised and has become more affordable over time.

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Cost of alcohol to society

Alcohol harm affects every sector of society - health, justice, social development, education, etc.

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The alcohol industry in New Zealand

The multi-national alcohol industry plays a major role in New Zealand adopting strong alcohol policies and regulations.

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For more information, check out the Health Promotion Agency website  Alcohol and your body    Alcohol and its effects