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The Activities & Services section of the website has information about what the HPA is up to.
This is where you can find out what we are working on and how we achieve our goals.
- Campaigns & Communication Work
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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 tonight?
- What's in a Standard Drink?
- Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Advice
- Easing up on the drink
- How to Be Safer
- Alcohol and Your Kids
- Body Effects Tool
- Alcohol - the Body & Health Effects
- How to Access Treatment
- The Law & You
- Drinking & 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
- Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
- Local Alcohol Policies
- Sale of Liquor Act
- Planning & Resource Management Act
- Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Act
- Alcohol Bans
- Alcohol Strategies & Policies
- Liquor Licences
- Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority Decisions
- Advertising Alcohol
- Signage 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
- Online Resources
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- Order Publications, Resources & Signs
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Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Advice
HPA’s alcohol drinking advice is designed to help you make an informed choice and help keep your risk of alcohol-related accidents, injuries, diseases and death low.
Low- risk is not, however, no-risk. Even when drinking within the low-risk limits, a range of factors can affect your level of risk including if you drink too quickly, your body type or genetic makeup, your gender, existing health problems, and if you are young or an older person.
Reduce your long-term health risks by drinking no more than:
- 2 standard drinks a day for women and no more than 10 standard drinks a week
- 3 standard drinks a day for men and no more than 15 standard drinks a week
AND at least two alcohol-free days every week.
Reduce your risk of injury on a single occasion of drinking by drinking no more than:
- 4 standard drinks for women on any single occasion
- 5 standard drinks for men on any single occasion
Advice for pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant
- no alcohol
There is no known safe level of alcohol use at any stage of pregnancy.
Advice for parents of children and young people under 18 years
For children and young people under 18 years, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.
Those under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking alcohol and not drinking in this age group is especially important.
- For young people aged 15 to 17 years, the safest option is to delay drinking for as long as possible.
If 15 to 17 year olds do drink alcohol, they should be supervised, drink infrequently and at levels usually below and never exceeding the adult18 years and over daily limits.
It's advisable not to drink if you:
- are pregnant or planning to get pregnant
- are on medication that interacts with alcohol
- have a condition made worse by drinking alcohol
- feel unwell, depressed, tired or cold as alcohol could make things worse
- are about to operate machinery or a vehicle or do anything that is risky or requires skill.
What is a standard drink?
A standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol.
It is important to note that drink serving sizes are often more than one standard drink.
The label on an alcoholic drink container tells you the number of standard drinks in the container.
It is possible to drink at a level that is less risky, while still having fun. There are a number of things you can do to make sure you stay within low risk levels and don't get to a stage where you are no longer capable of controlling your drinking.
- Know what a standard drink is
- Keep track of how much you drink - daily and weekly
- Set limits for yourself and stick to them
- Start with non-alcoholic drinks and alternate with alcoholic drinks
- Drink slowly
- Try drinks with a lower alcohol content
- Eat before or while you are drinking
- Never drink and drive
- Be a responsible host
- Talk to your kids about alcohol.
If you or someone you know needs support and treatment to reduce their alcohol intake, call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 for free and confidential advice.ShareThis