New Zealand drinking patterns

Overall

  • The proportion of New Zealanders aged 15 years or more who drank alcohol in the past year dropped from 80% in 2011/12 to 79% in 2012/13 (Ministry of Health, 2015).
  • In 2012/13, 15% of New Zealanders aged 15 years or more who drank alcohol in the past year has a potentially hazardous drinking pattern (Ministry of Health, 2015).
  • 8.4% of past-year drinkers consumed a large amount of alcohol (more than six standard drinks for males or four for females on a drinking occasion), at least once a week (Ministry of Health, 2015).
  • One in five women who had been pregnant in the past 12 months reported that they had consumed alcohol while pregnant (Ministry of Health, 2015).

Young people

  • The proportion of 15 to 17-year-olds who drank alcohol in the past year dropped from 75% in 2006/07 to 59% in 2011/12 (Ministry of Health, 2013).
  • The proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds who drank alcohol in the past year in 2011/12 was 85% (Ministry of Health, 2013).
  • The rate of hazardous drinking among past year drinkers aged 15 to 17 years in 2011/12 was 21% (Ministry of Health, 2013).
  • The rate of hazardous drinking among past year drinkers aged 18 to 24 years dropped from 49% in 2006/07 to 36% in 2011/12 (Ministry of Health, 2013).
  • Among all past year drinkers, a potentially hazardous drinking pattern was most common in people aged 18 to 24 years (Ministry of Health, 2013).

Māori

  • The proportion of Maori aged 15 years or more who drank alcohol in the past year dropped from 84% in 2006/07 to 79% in 2011/12 (Ministry of Health, 2013).
  • One in three (37%) Maori aged 15 years or more who drank alcohol in the past year has a potentially hazardous drinking pattern (Ministry of Health, 2013).

Pacific peoples

  • In 2011/12, six in 10 (58%) Pacific people aged 15 years or more drank alcohol in the past year (Ministry of Health, 2013).
  • One in three (35%) Pacific people aged 15 years or more who drank alcohol in the past year has a potentially hazardous drinking pattern (Ministry of Health, 2013).