New Zealand statistics

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs in New Zealand.

While most New Zealanders enjoy alcohol in moderation, there are negative health and social consequences associated with drinking. Negative consequences include hospital admissions, deaths, road accidents and assaults.

Drinking problems and dependence on alcohol affect people's lives and the lives of those around them.

Drinking patterns vary with gender and age. Alcohol is consumed most commonly in homes, but also in bars and pubs, sports clubs, restaurants and at work. Total alcohol available for consumption has been declining since 1990, though in recent years it has begun to rise again. This is the amount of alcohol that is released onto the market and is available for purchase.

The information in this section looks at data on what, when and how people drink. There is also data on available alcohol, and social consequences of drinking.

For further information contact HPA. For alcohol and drug crash statistics go the Ministry of Transport.