This section looks at the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and laws concerning the supply of alcohol to under-18s, drink driving rules, and restrictions on advertising alcohol.
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 covers the safe and responsible sale, supply, and consumption of alcohol and the minimisation of harm caused by its excessive or inappropriate use. It replaced the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.
The age for purchasing alcohol in New Zealand is 18 years. Find out what the laws says about social supply of alcohol to under 18s.
All alcohol advertising and promotion must comply with New Zealand laws and with the Code for Advertising and Promotion of Alcohol. Find out more, including national guidelines on alcohol promotions and how to make a complaint.
Find out about New Zealand’s legal breath alcohol and blood alcohol limits for drivers. There are different limits for drivers under 20 years and those aged 20 or over.
Call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free txt 8681.