binge drinking

Does NZ have a drinking problem or a drinkers problem?

Karl du Fresne writes:

It has become accepted wisdom that New Zealand has a serious drinking problem. But do we? And if we do, what?s the reason?

Let?s start by tackling that first question. In 2014 the World Health Organisation published a table showing per capita alcohol consumption in 190 countries.

New Zealand was ranked 31st. At first glance, that seems a bit of a worry. It suggests we?re among the world?s heaviest boozers.

But that ranking needs to be put into perspective. In many of those 190 countries, especially those in Asia and Africa, alcohol has never been a big part of the local culture. Consumption is accordingly modest.

And Muslim countries, don’t forget them…no alcohol there or precious little if any.

Now, factor in the many countries where drinking is discouraged and even prohibited for religious reasons. That includes the entire Islamic world.

Take all that into account, and the list of countries that New Zealand can meaningfully be compared with becomes a lot shorter.

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Crybaby of the week

LIZ WALKER: Blames a Playboy magazine for her mental health issues, alcoholism, promiscuity and drug addiction

LIZ WALKER: Blames a Playboy magazine for her mental health issues, alcoholism, promiscuity and drug addiction

Our Crybaby of the Week blames looking at a Playboy magazine when she was 6 years old as the cause of her promiscuity, drug and alcohol addictions and her poor mental health.

Liz Walker was only six years old when an older girl from up the street squashed in next to her on the school bus and excitedly whispered “Hey do you want to see something?”

It was a?Playboy?mag?she found under her brother’s bed and full of graphic pornography.

What a load of shite.

Graphic pornography?

In a Playboy?

30 years ago? Yeah right. We don’t know her age, but she has three children and looks from her photo to be late 30s or early 40s. Check out the covers from Playboy back in 1987. It hardly matches her claims about “graphic pornography. ? Read more »

The drink takes its toll?

Moments after the Clown of Campbells Bay, Andrew Williams, is kicked into touch, Winston starts to bang on about binge drinking.

Mere coincidence or a telling sign?

Being drunk in a public place will be an offence if NZ First has its way after the election.

Party leader Winston Peters also wants more police on the beat.

He says the government hasn’t increased the police budget in six years despite population increases.

“They went further in the last budget and actually took $40 million from the police budget,” he told a public meeting on Wednesday.

“That’s why they go to extraordinary lengths to convince you crime is dropping.”? Read more »

We win the “binge drinking” champs because we’re “not the worst”

Kiwis are knocking back the alcohol equivalent of 826 bottles of beer a year each – but our binge-drinking culture may not be as bad as feared.

Well, once you add children and people who don’t drink at all, I’d imagine that means that those that do?drink drink well in excess of 1000 bottles of beer a year… for those that do drink. ?Three a day. ?Every day.

The latest Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health by the World Health Organisation has revealed New Zealanders aged 15 and over drank on average 10.9 litres of pure alcohol a head in 2010, up from 9.6l in 2005, and well above the 6.2l global average.

About 20 per cent of New Zealanders in that category don’t drink alcohol, so when they are removed the average amount for every drinker was even higher.

We drank less than our Australian counterparts, who consumed 12.2l each, but even they were well behind the biggest drinkers – in Belarus – who sank 17.5l.

Since it peaked in the 1970s, our drinking declined steadily until the late 1990s, when it started to rise again slightly.

But despite warnings about a binge-drinking culture, the figures show rates of “heavy episodic drinking” are well below many other countries.

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70% of girls aged 14-17 tuck into RTDs


The weekends should be relaxing. But this weekend there will be crisis meetings at Independent Liquor as booze boss Julian Davidson and his highly paid spin merchant Mark Unsworth try to figure out how to counter this alarming figure.

Anti booze troughers Alcohol Healthwatch and Women?s Health Action have?banged out a report saying that women are binge drinking like the blokes.? Read more »

RTDs targeting of kids in the Government Crosshairs, Ctd

Via the tip-line

The biggest RTD producer by far in NZ is Independent Liquor. Clearly they have no shame in?running promotions targeting kids.

Another WO fan has sent this in after reading about their Whipped Cupcake RTDs, wondering what?s next after Cruiser and?Cindy?s finished getting the whole world in her cans.

The latest trend seems to be to?spike spirits with tobacco ?flavours and scents?. The question will be whether Independent Liquor will leap on this, and start pump out a tobacco flavoured RTD to their customers in South Auckland? Just imagine the howls of outrage from not only groups like Alcohol Healthwatch or the Drug Foundation, but also the anti-tobacco troughers.? Read more »

RTDs targeting of kids in Government crosshairs, Ctd

Yesterday I blogged about? RTD manufacturer Independent Liquor ?targeting? young females with their?promotion/sponsorship of Cleo (Vodka) CRUISER Bachelor of the Year.

Even the NZ Drug Foundation got in on the act, with their tweet.

What?s the bet, troughers like Alcohol Healthwatch will use this example of suspicious marketing behaviour towards youth in overseas conferences, poster presentations, or call for Councils to do something about these marketing tactics.? Read more »

RTDs targeting kids in Government Crosshairs


Sometimes you?ve really got to wonder. By now you?d think most businesses in the tobacco, booze and food industries would realise that there?s millions of taxpayer dollars being doled out to troughers who want more restrictions, bans and tax hikes placed on the products these businesses produce.

Some just don?t learn.

Even this morning I ran a post about?Troughers Eyeing Up New Targets, showing that Universities have dived into the public trough over sugary drinks.

There were also posts about?Len Now Has Booze Problems, and how the promotion of alco-pops RTDs is targeted towards the youth market ? obviously a deep concern for the Mayor.

You?ll then hear the usual bleating from the likes of RTD pushers Independent Liquor saying that they?ve just introduced a?Voluntary Industry Code for RTDs?and;

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Len now has booze problems


Some issues really rark up the local populace and one of them is naturally who?s in control of the grog.

Len Brown wants Auckland to be the most liveable city and wants ?greater local input into policy development and liquor licensing decisions?.? Problem for Len is that the officials are pushing for only one District Licensing Committee for all of Auckland which is deeply opposed by a number of Local Boards.

Trouble is really brewing as local boards are up-in-arms at this prospect. They want to have local decision makers make the call over liquor licensing in their areas. Manurewa is just one example I?ve heard of via the tip-line. ? Read more »

The “Poor” can afford LOTS of alcohol

Kids in South Auckland can afford to buy twice as much alcohol as “less deprived” areas but it is not their fault – or the fault of their parents. The children HAVE to do it. According to a?public health worker on alcohol issues for Otara Health, Poutoa Papali’i:


“Young people in New Zealand already didn’t need a reason to drink but South Auckland family dysfunction, neglect, not being in school or having a job, poor health, binge drinking parents, sub-standard housing were issues that drove drinking.”

“Poverty is what we’re really talking about,” he said.

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