- Alcohol Activities & Services
This section is where you can find out about HPA's alcohol-related work and how to contact us.
Further information about HPA and its wider work on other topics can be found on our main website – www.hpa.org.nz
- Campaigns & communication work
- Community Action
- Policy advice and research
- Support for alcohol legislation requirements
- Support for low-risk drinking environments
- Support for health sector action
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- Alcohol & You
Want to know if your drinking is okay? Or are you considering making some changes to your drinking but want to know more? Do you know exactly how big a standard drink is?
Play the online games in the section to find out. Find out all about your relationship with alcohol here...
- Is your drinking okay?
- How much are you drinking?
- What's in a standard drink?
- Low-risk alcohol drinking advice
- Easing up on the drink
- How to be safer
- Alcohol & your kids
- Body effects tool
- Alcohol - the body and health effects
- How to access treatment
- The law and you
- Drinking and driving
- Legislation & Policy
Check out this section for NZ legislation and local strategies and polices relating to alcohol.
- Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
- Regulatory Agencies website - collaboraction.org.nz
- Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority decisions
- Advertising alcohol
- Signage and resources for vendors
- Host responsibility
- Alcohol bans
- Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Act
- Research & Resources
This is the research and resources section. This is where you can find alcohol statistics and researched topics.
HPA has a research blog. Take a look at some of the interesting conversations that are happening here.
- Latest Resources
- AlcoholNZ magazine
- AlcoholNZ subscription
- Ease up monthly e-newsletter
- Email group
- Library catalogue
- Research publications
- NZ statistics
- SAY NOW guidelines and toolbox
Drinking and driving
If you are going to drink, then find an alternative way to get home rather than driving.
Research indicates that driving ability is impaired after consuming any level of alcohol.
For further information about drinking and its impact on your ability to drive see the New Zealand Transport Agency website.
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
There are two ways of assessing the alcohol limit for driving:
Breath testing measures the number of micrograms of alcohol (mcgs) per litre of breath.
Blood testing measures the number of milligrams of alcohol (mgs) per 100 millilitres (mls) of blood.
Although the measures appear different, they are essentially the same. They both measure the same level of alcohol for drink driving purposes.
Breath testing is used for both screening and evidential purposes. Blood testing can be used as a check on the accuracy of the breath testing. The Police can require a blood test if the person refuses to do a breath test.
Current legal limits
Drivers under 20 years - zero.
The legal drink drive limit for drivers under 20 years of age is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of zero. For further information go to the Ministry of Transport website.
Drivers over 20 years - 400mcg breath or 80mg blood.
The legal drink drive limit for drivers 20 years and over is 400mcg for breath and 80mg for blood. From 10 September 2012, a ‘zero alcohol’ licence sanction can be applied to drivers by the courts. For further information go to the Ministry of Transport website.
- From 1 December 2014, the breath alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over lowers from 400 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath, to 250mcg. The blood alcohol limit will reduce from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg. For further information go to the Ministry of Transport website.