- 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 & 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
- Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Act
- Alcohol strategies and policies
- Liquor licences
- Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority decisions
- Advertising alcohol
- Signage and resources for vendors
- Host responsibility
- 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
- PDFs of Alcohol Resources
- SAY NOW guidelines and toolbox
- AlcoholNZ magazine
- Ease up monthly e-newsletter
- Library catalogue
- Research publications
- Research blog
- NZ statistics
- Useful websites
Background to drinking advice
The HPA's alcohol drinking advice is based on the most current and best available scientific research and evidence using the primary resource material of:
- Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (published in February 2009)
- Health in Canada: A Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low Risk Drinking (completed in November 2010 and published in November 2011).
Both these guidelines were developed by a committee of experts, informed by research literature reviews and studies conducted by Dr Jurgen Rehm and colleagues, peer reviewed by international experts and informed by consultation.
The 2009 Australian guidelines have the same limits for both men and women. ALAC’s drinking advice, like the Canadian guidelines, have different limits for men and women. These gender differences reflect the impact of alcohol on women, due to factors such as body size and composition, ability to metabolise alcohol, and the higher risk of developing a range of health conditions.
Previous ‘upper limits for responsible drinking’ were developed in 1994 by a group consisting of alcohol producers, health promoters and problem intervention and treatment workers that sought a consensus approach. The upper limits, which were frequently referred to as ALAC guidelines, were reviewed and replaced by revised drinking advice because:
- considerably more evidence has emerged since 1994, particularly of the effect of alcohol on the developing brain of adolescents
- HPA has a legislated responsibility to provide up-to-date scientific evidence on the risks of drinking alcohol
a corresponding change to guidelines has been made in comparable jurisdictions such as Australia and Canada.