Potentially hazardous drinking

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

Drinking a lot of alcohol can have harmful health and social consequences. It leads to health problems like increased risk of heart disease, stroke, liver damage, and certain cancers. In 2013 alcohol use accounted for just under 4% of total health loss in New Zealand (Ministry of Health 2016). Alcohol contributes to death and disability through accidents, injuries, violence, homicide, and suicide.

This indicator measures the proportion of the population aged 15 years and over who drink alcohol, and those who are potentially hazardous drinkers – that is, those who scored eight or more on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

Downloadable file:

excel icon. Potentially hazardous drinking – tables (Excel, 4 sheets, 24kb)

Includes breakdowns by age group, ethnic group, and sex, for all adults, adults who have consumed in the last 12 months, and by OECD country.

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