A check on the harms of alcohol shows Aucklanders perform
worse than the rest of New Zealanders on three counts.
The assessment by agencies committed to reducing
alcohol-related harm shows:
* The rate of alcohol-related crashes for Auckland drivers is
28 per cent above the national rate
* Eight per cent of adult Auckland drinkers consume more than
eight drinks in a typical session, compared to a national
average of 6.5 per cent
* Hospital admissions that can be attributed to alcohol in
Auckland are 11 per cent higher than the national rate.
Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams said the
assessment, made public today, was deeply concerning and
reinforced the need for action to reduce alcohol harm.
"We wanted to share the findings with Aucklanders so they
were more aware of the issues, and could all be part of
creating a safer, healthier city.
She said young people in Auckland were New Zealand's heaviest
"We have larger numbers of late-trading liquor outlets -- per
100,000 population 15 years-plus -- than there are
nationally, and until the end of last year these were allowed
to operate 24/7.
"Liquor outlets have also been allowed to concentrate in
parts of the city and this influences things like opening
hours, exposure to alcohol advertising and pricing -- all
linked to harm outcomes and increased vulnerability of some
She said it was important that the information from the
assessment was taken into account in the current
deliberations over Auckland's local alcohol policy.
The provisions for local alcohol policies in the 2012 alcohol
legislation provided some tools to reduce the availability
and accessibility of alcohol. They were a "golden
opportunity" to reduce alcohol-related harm in Auckland.