Helping reduce harm from alcohol
Community and Public Health holds a number of important roles relating to the prevention of alcohol-related harm in our region. These include health promotion, regulation and licensing, and local policy development.
There are a wide range of effects on communities from alcohol-related harm. Alcohol-related harm contributes to health conditions, injuries and social problems – costing the health sector and other sectors significant time, money and resources.
Community and Public Health works to:
- Ensure premises selling or wanting to sell alcohol meet licensing requirements by investigating and reporting on applications on behalf of the Medical Officer of Health; and
- Encourage the responsible sale, supply, consumption and promotion of alcohol in premises.
- Collaborate with other agencies to ensure regular monitoring of high risk licensed premises.
- Support the alcohol industry to be compliant with legislation through appropriate procedures and regular training and appraisal.
Strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community
Community and Public Health collaborates with other agencies to promote strategies, processes and actions to reduce alcohol related harm.
The South Island District Health Boards agreed a joint position statement in 2012 that calls for the development of a strategy to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm, alongside supporting Local Alcohol Policies (LAPs). This statement advocates for evidence-based solutions.
Community and Public Health are currently working closely with partners to develop the strategy to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm on the Canterbury health system. The draft strategy is being championed by Healthy Christchurch and will be completed in mid-2017.
The strategy will align to collaborative work between the Canterbury DHB, Christchurch City Council and Police to reduce alcohol-related harm across sectors, and will be known as the City Alcohol Action Plan.
Community-based alcohol-related work
Community and Public Health works to:
- Ensure that key law and policy makers have appropriate information to consider when making decisions;
- Support community awareness of local alcohol license applications and options to get involved;
- Inform the public about the effects of alcohol use and misuse including targeted programmes for at risk groups;
- Promote host responsibility and alcohol related programmes in workplaces;
- Support sports clubs to develop alcohol policies; and
- Support supply control and reduction initiatives such as the Good One Party Register for youth.
- objecting to an alcohol licence;
- complaining about an alcohol advertisement;
- monitoring alcohol promotions in your community; and
- influencing your local alcohol policy.
New partnerships in Christchurch sport prove that alcohol prevention is the name of the game
Tennis and rugby league are two codes in Canterbury that share club rooms – yet may have little else in common. However Tennis Canterbury and Canterbury Rugby League are teaming up to take a proactive approach to alcohol management.
Eleven tennis clubs and two rugby league clubs attended a workshop held at Wilding Park in October 2018 – an opportunity initiated by Community and Public Health. The workshops focus on improving club culture in sports clubs, complying with law to reduce problematic drinking and increasing club sustainability by offering a safe, supportive environment for families. Clubs are often partially reliant on the sale of alcohol for revenue.
Attendance at the workshops has shown that sports clubs are interested in running their clubs in line with good practice and the 2012 Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, so they have fewer problems with alcohol in their clubs and on the sidelines. The new Game Plan resources from the Health Promotion Agency are promoted at the workshops along with locally developed templates for club alcohol policies and club alcohol management plans, and ongoing support to help develop them.
Contact Dave Jeffrey at Sport Canterbury if you are interested in participating in future workshops to manage alcohol in your sports club.
These workshops for sports clubs are supported by Christchurch City Council (CCC), Sport Canterbury and Healthy Families Christchurch.
Impacts of and Attitudes towards Alcohol
Impacts of and Attitudes towards Alcohol on Youth
Alcohol Controls in the Community
- Alcohol and pregnancy: What you might not know (HPA and MoH)
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 partners such as NZ Police, Health Promotion Agency, University of Canterbury including UCSA, Lincoln University including LUSA, Christchurch City Council, Red Frogs and the Canterbury Workers’ Collective.
This campaign encourages women to stop drinking alcohol if they could be pregnant, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.
There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.