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.

Community and Public Health has worked alongside contributing partners across the Canterbury Clinical Network to develop a Canterbury Health System Alcohol-related Harm Reduction Strategy. This strategy was launched in May 2019 and work to implement it will continue to be facilitated by the Canterbury Clinical Network.

Community and Public Health worked closely with the Christchurch City Council and NZ Police on the Christchurch Alcohol Action Plan (CAAP). The plan was developed in response to community concern and sets out a vision for “a safe, vibrant, healthy Christchurch free from alcohol-related harm”.

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.

Partnerships in Christchurch sport prove that alcohol prevention is the name of the game

Cricket, rugby league and tennis are sports codes in Canterbury who have attended training to reduce alcohol harm in their club rooms and sports grounds.

Clubs are often partly reliant on the sale of alcohol for revenue. So these workshops focus on improving club culture, reducing problematic drinking and increasing sustainability by offering a safe and supportive environment for families.

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.

Rugby league sports fields were included in alcohol ban areas in early 2019, after Canterbury Rugby League made a submission to the Christchurch City Council. Games are now being effectively monitored by club members with back-up from the NZ Police.

These workshops for sports clubs are run by Commuity and Public Health, Christchurch City Council (CCC), Sport Canterbury and Healthy Families Christchurch – in conjunction with the local sporting code (Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Rugby League and Tennis Canterbury).

Contact Community and Public Health if you are interested in participating in future workshops to manage alcohol in your sports club.


Impacts of and Attitudes towards Alcohol

Impacts of and Attitudes towards Alcohol on Youth

Alcohol 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 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.

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

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: 06/08/2019

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