Alcohol and crime

  • At least a third of all police recorded offences are committed by an offender who has consumed alcohol prior to committing the offence.

On an average day:

  • 52 individuals or groups of people are either driven home or detained in police custody due to their state of intoxication
  • 340 offences occur where police note alcohol is involved in the offending, including:
    • 30 breach of liquor ban offences
    • 100 drink drive offences
  • 8,764 breath tests are undertaken
  • 40 licensed premises are visited by police to monitor compliance with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

(Source: New Zealand Police 2010)