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:

  • Bottles of wine on shelves in a bottle-store.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.

Find out how you can take action on alcohol in your community, such as

  • objecting to an alcohol licence;
  • complaining about an alcohol advertisement;
  • monitoring alcohol promotions in your community; and
  • influencing your local alcohol policy.

Christchurch's party register. Make yours a good one.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.


Impacts of and Attitudes towards Alcohol

Impacts of and Attitudes towards Alcohol on Youth

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

Be a Pre-testie Bestie

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.

Page last updated: 09/10/2018

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