Alcohol consumption in public places, in certain settings or at events
In New Zealand, the majority of alcohol is consumed in private homes and within on-licences (bars, restaurants, etc). In 2010 in New Zealand, 73% of the total volume of absolute alcohol was consumed in private homes (own home, other's homes).
Other places where drinking occurs includes public outdoor spaces (e.g. parks, beaches), workplaces, public events (e.g. music festivals), tertiary settings, sports and others clubs, etc.
Where we live, work, learn and play can impact significantly upon our lives. The environments we spend time in can influence our alcohol use.
As alcohol consumption in public places is often uncontrolled, it can present many problems:
- Intoxication in public places can result in assaults, aggressive behaviour, and crime.
- Alcohol use can also decrease the quality or attractiveness of the public space in terms of noise, vandalism, property damage, and alcohol-related litter (broken bottles, cartons, etc).
This section will guide you to take action on any concerns you have about alcohol being consumed in public spaces.
Remember - if the problem is occurring now and you are concerned about
the safety of yourself or others - please call the Police.