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Take Five special edition: 10 must-know facts about our favourite drug (alcohol)

March 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM

*From the Northland District Health Board*

29th March 2018



"NZ'ers spend $85 million dollars on alcohol a week."

($4.5 BILLION dollars per year)

The AVERAGE weekly spend on alcohol is the same amount spent on fruit and vegetables.


"In the last year we drank 476 million litres of alcoholic beverages". average of 2 std drinks for every person aged 18 years and over, per day.


"More than 62,000 physical assaults and 10,000 sexual assaults occur every year which involve a perpetrator who has been drinking".

....approximately 340 offences every day


"Approximately $400,000 is spent each day promoting alcohol in New Zealand "

….$150 million dollars per year


"Car crashes involving someone else’s drinking were responsible for an annual average of 5,535 injuries to innocent victims, including 60 deaths."

….over 15 people hurt or killed every day


"In a year - 147,500 adults take one or more days off work or school due to their alcohol use."

31% report having to cover for the drinker, and 26% having to work extra hours


"Parents introducing young people to alcohol at an early age is NOT protective of future alcohol-related harm".

Adolescents who were supplied alcohol only by parents had higher odds of subsequent binge consumption, alcohol-related harm, and symptoms of alcohol use disorder than did those reporting no supply.


“One in six adults aged 16–64 years has experienced harmful effects on their friendships or social life, home life or financial position in the past year due to someone else’s alcohol use.”

Compared with tobacco, more of the harm from alcohol occurs as a result of its effect on social interactions with others.


"Alcohol causes cancer. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers."

Breast cancer is the number one cause of death

related to alcohol for New Zealand women.


"In New Zealand - about 1 in 10 pregnant women drinks alcohol at levels that definitely puts their babies at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and as a result there could be up to 3,000 babies born every year with FASD."

…up to 8 babies born every day affected by alcohol.


Need more help?

If you are concerned about your own drinking or that of someone close to you,

contact the free Alcohol Drug Helpline on Ph 0800-787-797

24 hours a day - 7 days a week, free text 8681 or visit their website

Remember - In an Emergency - Dial 111

Compiled and produced by:

Dave Hookway - Health Promotion Advisor

Northland District Health Board – 25 Homestead Rd, Kerikeri

Postal address: - PO Box 906, Kerikeri 0230, Bay of Islands

Ph (09) 430-4101 x 7895 | Mob 021-221-4027

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