New Zealand's binge drinking culture results in significant harm to individuals and communities. Intoxication or drunkenness can lead to serious injury and harm to the drinker, and to others.
This section assists you to take action on intoxication, with the support of others.
Many New Zealanders in their lifetime will suffer an alcohol use disorder - this includes alcohol abuse and dependence. There are large inequities in New Zealand as Māori have a higher likelihood of experiencing issues of alcohol abuse.
This section describes this alcohol use disorders, signs and symptoms and what you can do to take action (on your own drinking or that of others).
Many New Zealanders typically drink large amounts of alcohol in a session. It is important that New Zealanders drink less to lower their risk of short and long-term harm.
This section describes the concept of 'low-risk drinking' and guides you on action to reduce the risks of drinking to yourself and others.
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Our mountains and other wide open spaces - beaches, rivers and lakes, our flora and fauna - are all part of what makes New Zealand unique and beautiful. They are often home to many of our cultural and environmental taonga.
They also present a number of inherent risks to users. This requires us all to take special care to enjoy them safely and to preserve their beauty and value.
Alcohol use in these places can cause problems. These can range from serious risk to health and safety, to damage to property and facilities, to noise and nuisance.
Alcohol consumption can cause problems at events – this is often due to intoxication. Drunken behaviour can easily disrupt an event and spoil the event for you and others. If the event is attended by young people it can also expose them to poor behaviour and role modelling as well as alcohol marketing and promotion.
Read this section if you are concerned about the way alcohol is managed at public events you attend (or have attended) where problems have arisen. This includes music festivals, cultural and social events, arts performances, and so on.
Drinking in public places is associated with significant harm and disorder and is an important setting to address to reduce alcohol-related harm. Public places includes parks, reserves, beaches, streets, etc.
Supermarkets are one the most common places to purchase alcohol, particularly wine. When alcohol came into New Zealand supermarkets in 1989 (wine) and 1999 (beer), the alcohol retail landscape changed overnight. Wine consumption has now doubled and children continue to be exposed to alcohol marketing in these outlets. Even bottle stores buy their alcohol from supermarkets, given their low prices.
Our laws restrict the exposure to alcohol in supermarkets - alcohol must be displayed in a single area. Use this section to help you take action in relation to the promotion and exposure to alcohol in these everyday settings.
Alcohol companies and licensed premises use a vast number of promotional strategies to get customers to buy their products.
The use of discounts has a huge effect on alcohol purchases. This especially occurs at off-licences (supermarkets, bottle stores, etc) but also in bars and restaurants ('happy hours', etc).
This section helps you to learn more about the promotions used to encourage purchases and how you can assist to ensure persons and companies promoting alcohol are abiding by the law. You can also take action to toughen the restrictions on promotion.
Increasing the price of alcohol is one of the most effective ways to reduce alcohol use in our country. With less drinking, there is less harm.
We can increase the price of alcohol by increasing the excise tax on alcohol, and/or setting a minimum unit price on alcohol products. Because our wages (overall) have been growing at a faster rate than the inflation on goods (such as alcohol), the affordability of alcohol has increased over time. We can now buy more alcohol with our wages.
This section explains why community action on price is so important to reduce harm, particularly to those most vulnerable who often purchase the cheapest alcohol.