1 in 3 Kiwis are hazardous drinkers
Recent research, by Massey University's school of health sciences and the University of Auckland's centre for addiction research, found that binge drinking wasn't something people grew out of with age.
Key points of interest included:
- A third of all Kiwis are drinking to hazardous levels their entire lives. Drinking habits people formed in their 20s continued into their 60s and 70s, increasing the risk of worsening health and death, the research showed. "The idea that younger drinkers will eventually 'mature' out of risky drinking when they get older is wrong," research co-leader Dr Andy Towers said
- The researchers also found that boys were much more likely to have started drinking earlier than girls, usually between 14 and 18 years of age, and those who started drinking earlier in life were much more likely to be from wealthier homes and to have parents who smoked.
- ""These findings have implications for Kiwis of all ages. We need to be brave enough to start talking to our family and friends about their drinking, what it might be doing to their health and the health of their children, and whether we can do something about it" says Towers.
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