Helping reduce harm from alcohol

One of Community and Public Health’s goals is: ‘To improve the health of the population by reducing alcohol related harm’.

Bottles of wine on shelves in a bottle-store.Examples of work towards this goal are:

  • Investigating applications for On, Off, Club and Special Licences and preparing reports on behalf of the Medical Officer of Health.
  • Supporting the Liquor Industry to achieve compliance through appropriate procedures and regular training and appraisal.
  • Collaborating with other agencies to ensure regular monitoring of high risk licensed premises.
  • Controlling the supply of alcohol by encouraging its responsible sale, use and promotion in licensed premises. Both regulatory and educative approaches are integral to this.
  • Reducing the demand for alcohol by informing the public about the effects of alcohol use and mis-use and delivering health promotion programmes targeting at risk groups
  • Minimising alcohol related harm in specific settings through promoting host responsibility and workplace programmes and delivering public programmes on alcohol use
  • Reducing youth access to alcohol through supporting and or developing supply control and reduction initiatives
  • Working collaboratively with other agencies both formally and informally to promote strategies and procedures to reduce the prevalence of alcohol related harm.
  • Ensuring that key law and policy makers have appropriate information to consider when making decisions

Update on community projects for reducing alcohol-related harm

The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes have dramatically altered the Christchurch central business district (CBD), with many licensed premises being destroyed, or closed within the central city red zone. Work is being undertaken to encourage a city wide Alcohol Accord, managed by the industry and supported by the regulatory agencies.

Considerable research has gone into preparing submissions to Territorial Local Authorities who are all considering options for Local Alcohol Policies (LAPs). The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 recognises a need to change the way New Zealanders drink.

View CPH submissions on the Draft Local Alcohol Policies in Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast (LAPs).

Even one drink could push you over the limit

Emergency Department clinical director Scott Pearson.Had a drink after work and wondering if you’re still okay to drive home? Don’t.

That’s the message behind a new Christchurch City Council Road Safety campaign targeting the casual, after work drinkers who wonder if one or two drinks will have them over the limit. If you have to think about it, you shouldn’t be driving.

Christchurch City Council Transport Operations Manager Steffan Thomas said most people now planned ahead and used taxis or sober drivers for their planned nights out, but casual drinkers may get caught in a pattern of thinking one or two drinks still leaves them safe to drive.

“People need to make safe travel plans before they take the first sip of their drink. Plans made during or after drinking are likely to lack good judgement and people may fall into the trap of thinking ‘I’m probably okay to drive’.” Mr Thomas said.

Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department Clinical Director Scott Pearson said he had noticed an increase in alcohol-related injuries in recent weeks as end of year functions and Christmas parties rev up. He supported the Council’s awareness campaign, saying people needed a reminder to plan a safe way home – either with a sober driver, a taxi or public transport – before they go out drinking.

Dr Pearson said people needed to be aware of the potential consequences of their decisions. “If you think you’re bullet proof and can handle the effects, then think about the other people out there on the road and how your actions might impact on them.”

Find out more on the Christchurch City Council’s Drink Driving campaign.


Impacts of and Attitudes towards Alcohol

Alcohol Controls in the Community


Download or order alcohol resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


Contact your local CPH office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091

Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169

For additional information, contact:

Alcohol and Drug Helpline
0800 787 797 (10am -10pm)

Alcohol and Drug Youth Helpline
0800 787 984 (10am -10pm)
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Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS – CDHB)
Ph: +64 3 335 4350

Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS)
Ph: +64 3 308 1270

Alcohol and Other Drug Service (SCDHB)
Ph: +64 3 687 2188

Rata Alcohol and Drug Services – Adult (WCDHB)
Ph: +64 3 788 9234 in Buller
Ph: +64 3 769 7805 in Greymouth
Ph: +64 3 756 9700 in Hokitika

Youth Alcohol and Drug Service (CAMHS – WCDHB)
Ph: +64 3 769 7670

If you’re having a party, have a Good One!

The “Good One” campaign is a Canterbury party register designed for use by students. You can find out how to be a responsible party host and register your party with the Police.

The project aims to reduce alcohol related incidents and harm, increase access and distribution of information to enable people to self-manage parties, and reduce disorderly behaviour.

The Canterbury DHB has developed this initiative alongside ACC, NZ Police, the Health Promotion Agency, the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, LUSA and the UCSA.

Christchurch's party register. Make yours a

South Island DHBs Position Statement on Alcohol

All the South Island District Health Boards have agreed on a joint position statement on Alcohol.

This means having a strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm within the region, and supporting councils to develop local alcohol plans (LAPs) that address alcohol-related harm.

Page last updated: 28/03/2017

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