New Zealand statistics

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

While most New Zealanders enjoy drinking alcohol, there can be are negative health and social consequences associated with drinking alcohol. These consequences include health conditions and injuries, hospital admissions, deaths, road accidents and assaults.

Drinking problems and dependence on alcohol can also 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.

The total alcohol available for consumption has been declining since 1990, though in recent years it has begun to rise again. This is measured in the amount of  pure alcohol that is released onto the market and is available for purchase.

The information in this section provides some data on what, when and how people drink and the consequences of drinking.

You can find some alcohol-related statistics on:

For more statistics, go to the where to find alcohol statistics.