Another survey shows youth drinking down

December 20th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Radio NZ report:

The University of Auckland surveyed 1700 Maori students nationwide on their health and well-being in 2012. …

The report shows the number of Maori youth who drink at least once a week has more than halved in the past five years – something which comes as a surprise to Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams.

The survey bucks the trend of many other reports but, nonetheless, any indication of a move away from alcohol consumption should be celebrated, Ms Williams says.

Ms Williams is wrong. Almost every report shows youth drinking is declining and has been for some years. The ALAC surveys have. Youth 2007 and 2012 surveys. This latest survey. The youth drink driving stats. They’re all said that youth drinking is heading in the right direction.

Yet for some reason the taxpayer funds and others to spread moral panic about youth drinking and to try and create a crisis to justify their existence.

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13 Responses to “Another survey shows youth drinking down”

  1. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Police are going to fully take down patronage numbers in bars within five years if they heavy handily

    enforce violations as they do on the roads. Police documentation of bars is an obvious strategy to

    attack public drinking and then when people move home to drink police reach will be extended to violation of

    homes to revenue.

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  2. Chris2 (762 comments) says:

    I prefer to rely on verifiable statistic, rather than some “survey”. The so-called halving of alcohol consumption by maori students seems at odds with the Department of Statistics who collate data on how much alcohol is available for consumption in the country and it only records a 3.3% decrease available for consumption. If maori student consumption has halved then some other group has taken up the slack, and is drinking what they used to drink!

    “Total alcoholic beverage volume falls

    The total volume of alcoholic beverage available for consumption fell 15 million litres (3.3 percent) to 457 million litres in the year ended December 2012. This follows a 0.3 percent decrease for the December 2011 year and a 0.6 percent increase for the December 2010 year.

    The decrease was due to a fall in the volume of beer available, down 20 million litres (6.6 percent). This was partly offset by a rise in the volume of wine available, up 4.3 million litres (4.4 percent).

    In the 2012 year, alcohol available in the December quarter rose 4.1 percent compared with the same quarter in the previous year. In the March, June, and September quarters the volume available fell.”

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  3. duggledog (1,528 comments) says:

    1700 Maori students is no indication of total Maori youth, as how many are not at school at all, let alone truant?

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  4. Than (462 comments) says:

    The so-called halving of alcohol consumption by maori students seems at odds with the Department of Statistics who collate data on how much alcohol is available for consumption in the country and it only records a 3.3% decrease available for consumption.

    Maori represent ~15% of the population. Maori youth are a subset of that, so maybe 5-6% of the drinking age population. And 5-6% of the drinking age population halving their drinking leads to a ~3% drop in alcohol consumption. The numbers are roughly consistent.

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  5. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    What business is it of the university? Bullshit study grants is it?

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  6. Manolo (13,577 comments) says:

    Too many do-gooders, too many wowsers who must be told to fuck off instead of meddling in the life of law-abiding citizens.

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  7. Johnboy (16,059 comments) says:

    Jeeze I just put a packet on the bar at the local pub for my mostly brown staff.

    I suspect a war party is after me at this very moment! :)

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  8. Tautaioleua (296 comments) says:

    If that’s the case, I expect police quotas for revenue to come down too. I won’t be holding my breath.

    :-)

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  9. Harriet (4,851 comments) says:

    “….Yet for some reason the taxpayer funds Alcohol Healthwatch and others to spread moral panic about youth drinking and to try and create a crisis to justify their existence….’

    Yet for some reason National funds Alcohol Healthwatch and others to spread moral panic about youth drinking and to try and create a crisis to justify their existence.

    Who else could it be DPF – as us conservatives have long said “…Lab/Nats public service Monolith…” National has closed nothing down in the socialist utopia of the NZ public service!

    Mr Craig IS the differance between National and Labour. Mr Craig is the line in the sand!

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  10. Jack5 (5,052 comments) says:

    What do you expect when there’s no excise or GST on marijuana? When you can smoke and drive, and often smoke and work, with very little danger of losing your licence or being sacked?

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  11. Dennis Horne (2,388 comments) says:

    Yet for some reason the taxpayer funds Alcohol Healthwatch and others to spread moral panic about youth drinking and to try and create a crisis to justify their existence.

    Half as many drinking every week. The other half drinking twice as much. Where’s UglyTruth to explain this?

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  12. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    Youth drinking is a term used by those who prefer their oral sex with people under 20, “vampires” who like water as a chaser to blood, drinking of alcohol by youth is the correct term for imbibing of alcohol by those under 20.

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  13. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/04/nz_drinking_stats.html

    The so called rise in drinking of alcohol causing problems is

    1. pre loading – as alcohol is so much cheaper from the supermarket/liquor retailer than at the bar/nightclub.
    2. as 18 and 19 year olds being allowed in bars/nightclubs they pre-load before arriving – this makes their drunkenness more visible than in the past. In those days 18 and 19 year olds were tolerated based on their not being drunk. If drunk they were asked for ID to show they were over 20 and asked to leave. Then 18 and 19 year olds only got really drunk at house parties and they would crash there.

    The stats show that the amounts drunk and the amount binge drinking is falling in all categories. And this is before the recent legislative change.

    One option not yet considered, is something akin to the age specific legislation for drivers aged under 20 – they can still drive. Where 18 and 19 year olds have to demonstrate their sobriety to enter or stay on licensed premises. That would restrict pre loading (and leaving a bar/nightclub to binge on alcohol).

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