An alcohol report that got little publicity

May 19th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The World Health Organisation has just released its 2014 report on alcohol and health. It seems to have had almost no publicity here – possibly because it doesn’t support the claims of certain groups that NZ stats are really bad on a world scale. Some extracts you may not see elsewhere:

  • Far from there being a catastrophic rise in alcohol abuse in New Zealand there has been a real reduction in drinking habits in the last 30 years.   There was a sharp increase in total alcohol consumption per capita from 1970 through the early 1980s, then a sharp drop from 1985 through the late 1990s, and a slight upward trend since then.  So things are not worse than they have ever been…in fact they are a lot better.
  • The amount consumed per drinker, New Zealand ranks around 96th (13.7 litres of pure alcohol per capita).  This ranks us slightly higher than France (at 12.9 litres) and slightly lower than the UK (at 13.8 litres).  So on average, we are a nation of fairly moderate drinkers.
  • We are constantly told that we have a “binge drinking” culture in New Zealand, but our rates of prevalence of heavy episodic drinking (classified as more than 6 standard drinks on at least one occasion in the past 30 days) is actually very low by global standards.  The prevalence rate of heavy drinking for New Zealand was 5.6%.  This is more than half that of Australia (13.6%), more than a quarter that of Canada (23.1%), and more than a sixth that of the United Kingdom (33.4%). So when you hear the claim we have 800,000 hazardous drinkers, it is quite a gross exaggeration (as the scare mongers here use a different definition).

Of course there are problems caused by alcohol abuse in New Zealand, and these should be mitigated if it can be done in a way where the benefits exceed the costs. But the narrative that NZ has an awful drinking problem, and it is much worse than in the past – is not true.

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86 Responses to “An alcohol report that got little publicity”

  1. Huevon (206 comments) says:

    Great news! I’ll drink to that!

    So now we can expect Govt to cut the extortionate excise taxes……

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  2. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Many times I have posted the real figures for NZ booze consumption. We are very light drinkers compared to many places. The alcohol Nazis are liars.

    Interestingly all of the richer more prosperous oountries with high standards of living and human rights drink way more than us.

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  3. Redbaiter (7,865 comments) says:

    http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Cannabis-use

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  4. budgieboy (107 comments) says:

    Thanks for posting this DPF, I appreciate seeing the truth. I’m always a bit skeptical when the ‘enlightened ones’ go on a crusade to tell me how to live my life. And trust me, the enlightened ones never let the truth get in the way of their own ideology.

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  5. Ed Snack (1,775 comments) says:

    David, you’re spreading disinformation and are probably being paid by the alcohol barons for this, or the Koch brothers (but probably not the Illuminati, I have it on good authority that the Illuminati don’t like alcohol). You should know that the general run of NZ’ers cannot be trusted to make decisions on their own so a suitably qualified and educated elite needs to make thos for us.

    Therefore it is obvious that we need more control and higher taxes on alcohol, because shut up.

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  6. WineOh (575 comments) says:

    @Huevon- Excise taxes on wine and beer are low in NZ, its the spirits and fortified wines that get hammered. Who remembers the “sherry tax” when it was brought in with the intention of crushing the market of cheap but strong RTDs, but ended up just hiking the prices on sherry and port instead.

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  7. King Kong (36 comments) says:

    Can’t remember whether DPF has publicly declared his relationship with the alcohol lobby but it always cheeses me off when he posts pro booze stuff as if it is general interest.

    Ask the doctors in A&E on the weekend if NZ has a drink problem. The fact that it is worse in other countries or 30 years ago doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem.

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  8. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    It is scandalous that tax payer funded groups, including medical professionals, tell bald faced lies to the NZ public. They should be held to account and their funding immediately cut, pending an investigation for fraud. They are lying to get access to tax payer funding.

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  9. MT_Tinman (3,033 comments) says:

    Only 96th now?

    Damn, have I got some work to do to get us down to 50th ;-)

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  10. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    ‘It is scandalous that tax payer funded groups, including medical professionals, tell bald faced lies to the NZ public.’
    No references for this outrageous claim, I see.

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  11. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    milky, you have got references idiot. The anti alcohol activists continually lie that we are heavy drinkers. Clearly we are not.

    I have a WHO report. What do you have ?

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  12. Dave_1924 (97 comments) says:

    So – we have a report that doesn’t fit the narrative, from no less an authority that the World Health organisation and it gets not a lot of coverage.

    What a surprise.

    Do we have people in NZ who have a problem with drinking? Yes
    Was the call to over indulge high in NZ in the 80′s [when i cam of age as it where] especially in sports clubs? Yes
    Do young people of today get tanked at home before heading to Courtney Place? From causal observation – Absolutely YES.

    Do we as a country therefore have a HUGE problem with Drink? Not really – but that doesn’t sell advertising in papers so we have the negative view pushed hard.

    if we want better alcohol consumption behaviour in NZ we need to model it with a children but even then there are no guarantees…

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  13. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    You truly are a fuckwit Kea. Can you reference your statement or not?

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  14. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    Six standard drinks…that’s about three decent size glasses of wine or six “pint” bottles of beer….If that’s “binge drinking” that half the males in NZ are binge drinkers….

    That said, I believe – and I am old enough to remember 10 o’clock closing – there is considerably more public drunkenness than there was…’ course the passage of time makes memory unreliable…

    Dave 1924: Well said…

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  15. JMS (313 comments) says:

    Ask the doctors in A&E on the weekend if NZ has a drink problem.

    Those intoxicated idiots who present to A&E have a drinking problem, not New Zealand.

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  16. seanmaitland (468 comments) says:

    in NZ, those who partake in binge drinking and come ajar as a result of it are extremely visible (media, hospitals etc), and then you get all the follow-on hysteria about it.

    I’m still of the opinion that rounding up all the regular binge drinkers and giving them a holiday on the sub-antarctic islands would sort them out.

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  17. RRM (9,606 comments) says:

    How can we support calls for SOMETHING to be done, without supporting claims that the sky is falling?

    Stop targetting booze.

    People who MISBEHAVE while on the turps just need a harder kicking. That is all.

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  18. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    You truly are a fuckwit Kea. Can you reference your statement or not?

    Your ugly when your sober milky :)

    milky, Anecdotes from doctors and cops are not a study using proper metholodgy.

    Once again: I have a WHO report, what do you have to support your position ?

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  19. dime (9,611 comments) says:

    “Ask the doctors in A&E on the weekend if NZ has a drink problem. The fact that it is worse in other countries or 30 years ago doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem.”

    i love this argument.

    how many A& E’s do we have in auckland?
    How many people live in auckland?
    how many people are out drinking piss in auckland on a saturday?
    what percentage of said piss drinkers end up in the A&e? 0.0000005%? ohhh such a problem

    Dime loves to binge drink. never ended up in the A&E cause of it.

    Maybe some individuals have a problem…

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  20. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    One last time Kea – you were lying (again) when you said ‘It is scandalous that tax payer funded groups, including medical professionals, tell bald faced lies to the NZ public.’
    You cannot back up that lie and are now pretending that it is over to me to prove you wrong. This is your usual trolling tactic – make an outrageous claim and then pretend someone else has to prove you wrong.

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  21. dime (9,611 comments) says:

    “You truly are a fuckwit Kea.”

    never go full retard milky

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  22. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    If we are going to send all the “binge drinkers” – as that term is currently defined – to the Auckland Islands we will quickly run out of room…they are not very big Islands…

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  23. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    dime, imagine a joyless uptight edgy dude like milky on the piss ! :lol:

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  24. burt (7,950 comments) says:

    All the alcohol manufacturers and distributors must be wishing we had prohibition so they can increase their profits ….

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  25. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    Imagine Kea trying to tell the truth, or not trolling…

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  26. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    Kea: I only know old Milky from on here…but he demonstrates more of a sense of humour than the entire Green Party caucus!

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  27. MT_Tinman (3,033 comments) says:

    I just checked.

    A standard bottle of red (14%) label tells me it is 8.3 standard drinks.

    Is it “binge drinking” if you hit 6 most days? :-(

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  28. Brian Smaller (4,017 comments) says:

    Can’t remember whether DPF has publicly declared his relationship with the alcohol lobby but it always cheeses me off when he posts pro booze stuff as if it is general interest.

    Ask the doctors in A&E on the weekend if NZ has a drink problem. The fact that it is worse in other countries or 30 years ago doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem.

    Not to diminish in any way the work of the terrific A&E staff, but of course they will say that. They ONLY see the worst. They do not see all the people who are not injured.

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  29. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Imagine Kea trying to tell the truth, or not trolling…

    milky, unlike yourself other people are too busy to sit around and “imagine” things about the friendly, lovable parrot Kea.

    I did not write the WHO report so I can not personally vouch for its truthfulness. I really think you should provide some evidence to support your position, as I have done. Simply hurling abuse is not helping support your position.

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  30. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    MT: You gottit bro…three decent sized “poured at home” classes of wine or 6 “pint” bottles of beer in an evening, and you are binge drinking…

    Actually it’s even worse than that MT….if you have six standard drinks a night, you are probably also an alcoholic according to the latest definitions…

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  31. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    Foolish Kea. Neither you nor I have read, or are likely to read the WHO report. What I was asking was whether you could back up your claim that medical professionals lie to New Zealand about alcohol. You didn’t provide any evidence in support of your claim, which you can’t back up, can you?

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  32. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,815 comments) says:

    I drink a bottle of red every day. My doctor prescribed this medication twenty years ago but I make sure the rate is a bit above that prescribed. The descriptor ‘binge drinker’ for anyone who drinks three quarters of a bottle of wine with a meal ONCE A MONTH is patently ridiculous.

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  33. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    DG, milky gets angry and confused by facts. I am working with him to address this so he can intergrate back into society. ;)

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  34. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,815 comments) says:

    Milky, you’re fucked. Why don’t you give up. Go and get pissed, or something.

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  35. King Kong (36 comments) says:

    It is strange how many on here would go to war over some bird on the DPB scamming an extra $5 but will completely dismiss an issue that costs the country billions of dollars in health services, work productivity, violence/crime etc.

    I like to get on the wets as much as the next bloke but I don’t think we should bury our heads as to just what the cost of that is.

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  36. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    I need a drink, true. Maybe it will stop my hands from shaking when I type…

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  37. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    milky, are you a Muslim ? :|

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  38. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    Kea: If he was a Muslim he has just gravely offended Allah (may destruction be upon him) by suggesting that he might need an alcoholic drink…no joking for Muslims, you must know that??

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  39. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    I am not, and never have been, a muslim.

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  40. King Kong (36 comments) says:

    That is exactly what a muslim would say

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  41. Judith (8,243 comments) says:

    The amount consumed per drinker,

    I would be interested to know the methodology that defined ‘drinker’ and how that was applied.

    I think less people consume alcohol on a regular basis, but we still have three distinct groups. Those that drink very little, only special ocassions and such, those that drink regularly but seldom get drunk, and those that consume alot, get drunk regularly. I think the third group has grown, whilst the other two have decreased – which could sway the survey somewhat.

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  42. dime (9,611 comments) says:

    “It is strange how many on here would go to war over some bird on the DPB scamming an extra $5 but will completely dismiss an issue that costs the country billions of dollars in health services, work productivity, violence/crime etc.”

    so youre saying those on a bene shouldnt be allowed to drink? OR should we start charging people who go to the emergency room?

    how much is taking in tax from alcohol sales? enough to cover a few doctors.

    i love how people use the “it costs the country money” line when advocating taking away more of our freedom.

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  43. lolitasbrother (563 comments) says:

    Do know punters , this is the booze industry power here now, that the blogger Eric Crampton a University Statistics and Economic Professor in Canterbury is paid by the Alcohol Industry to about 40% of his salary beyond
    Crampton is a Canadian who came here to take up a Canterbury university position.
    Since then he has introduced himself as a serious logical economic and statistic debater.
    He receives 40% of his his money from a certain alcohol manufacturer more later.
    His business is to get paid to quieten the problems the alcohol industry creates.
    He is a nice man with children, but he is young still, and is above his head.

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  44. Judith (8,243 comments) says:

    @ mikenmild (9,332 comments) says:
    May 19th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Why not, have you got something against muslims ? (just trying to sound like all the other religiously obsessed on here) ;-)

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  45. Judith (8,243 comments) says:

    @ David Garrett (5,347 comments) says:
    May 19th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    It surprises me that they can apply a test of quantity to determine alcoholism. I was trained to believe that alcoholism is an addiction, and that it is not the quantity consumed, but how and why it is consumed, that determines whether it is a problem or not.

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  46. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    Anyway…..lightening things up here a tad….In the 1930′s Winston Churchill was under considerable financial pressure….his wife told him there would have to be economies…after much harumphing and puffing Churchill told the missus he could probably manage on three bottles of Pol Roger a day….that of course in addition to his nightly half bottle of brandy…

    Judith: Quite so….but apparently if you drink more than a certain amount – as I once did, easily – then you also qualify as an alky even if other “markers” of the diagnosis are missing…like drinking in the morning; hiding booze at work; getting into alcohol induced conflict etc etc.

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  47. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    Lady Astor: “You, sir, are drunk”.
    Churchill: “And you, madam, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning”.

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  48. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    no joking for Muslims, you must know that??

    DG, I was on the piss with an Israeli guy in the Baltic. He reckoned the reason the Muslims were so uptight was their sobriety. Three days later I was on the piss with a Muslim guy (They drink over there) and he cracked up laughing and drank a toast to that :)

    lolitasbrother , so what has any of that got to do with the WHO report ?

    And why do you think people sucking on the tax payer for funding are any more credible ?

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  49. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    An alcohol expert funded by the booze industry might be expected to produce research favouring the booze industry. A publicly funded alcohol expert might be expected to produce research that is in the public interest.

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  50. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    “…..The alcohol Nazis are liars….”

    Oh I don’t think so – as senior police are seen to be acting on the nazi’s ‘research’.

    Policing in my view is far better when Constables, senior Constables and Sargents make arbitary decisions rather than follow the letter of the law. If you are drunk and polite while talking to the police then that is seen as reasonably acceptable behaviour – it’s not really an offence ‘to have only drunk too much’. If on the other hand you swear, abuse or unessecerely frustrate the police constables -or the general public- while you are drunk and even probably sober, you should then face the full force of the law.

    I don’t know how much faith senior police have in constables making arbitary decisions but in my experiance over the years the police in NZ and QLD are very good at it – VIC and NSW not so much – but then they have huge problems with intolerant Lebanese and others in a metropolis.

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  51. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    lolita’swhatever: You have just made a very serious accusation about Eric Crampton – who I know slightly….but you are hiding behind a pseud…either come out from behind that pseud or be off with you…

    Even if Crampton is deriving income from the booze industry how can you possibly know what percentage that money is of his income? (You have misused the word “salary” of course; he gets that from the Uni…anything he might get from the booze industry is a payment or a fee)

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  52. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    Miky: Everyone knows that one old boy…this is better:

    Astor: Winston, if you were my husband I would put poison in your tea..

    Churchill: Madam, If I were your husband I should drink it..

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  53. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    A publicly funded alcohol expert might be expected to produce research that is in the public interest.

    no milky.

    They produce results that keep them in their cushy well paid job telling the rest of us what to do. This WHO report demonstrates they are proven liars with their hysterical claims about kiwi drinking habits. There should be a criminal investigation into the claims they have made to gain public money.

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  54. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    Once again Kea, you have provided no evidence that ‘they are proven liars with their hysterical claims about kiwi drinking habits’. Don’t you ever get tired of being unable to back your loopy assertions?

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  55. SHG (367 comments) says:

    heavy episodic drinking (classified as more than 6 standard drinks on at least one occasion in the past 30 days)

    Holy crap, I hit that level about twice a week :)

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  56. lolitasbrother (563 comments) says:

    People all, on this column, from Paul
    I am very aware of the milk maids who come into our Society and wish to push the price of booze up,
    the industry is big, we live in New Zealand,
    I name him here Eric Crampton, statistics for booze
    I said before the industry of booze is about sucking
    People need to be aware that the NZ Govt decidedly pushed price of smokes ,
    and crucify the addicted,
    The booze and cigarette thing is addiction as we all know, many families like mine,
    We do work with this every single daybof our lives

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  57. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    “……A publicly funded alcohol expert might be expected to produce research that is in the public interest…..”

    More people catch aids and other sexual diseases while drunk than people do when they are sober.

    We should then close down all gay-nite clubs and bath houses in your reasoning Milky – as research shows that nearly all homos are ‘victims’ of sexual disease.

    See now how boring your life would be when we clamp down on all drinking?

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  58. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    lolita: You are taking too much…halve the dose until you can get an appointment…

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  59. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    Are you drinking now, Harriet?

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  60. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    milky, we are assaulted daily with tax payer funded propaganda from anti alcohol zealots. Are you seriously demanding I – prove- that ?

    I have a World Health Organisation report.

    What do you have ? A few anecdotes from lazy cops and stressed medical staff ?

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  61. wreck1080 (3,787 comments) says:

    I believe in stats except when they disagree with my argument :)

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  62. King Kong (36 comments) says:

    @dime I never advocated removing peoples freedoms I just think that there is a cost that needs to be addressed. If the tax collected on booze covers these, as you say, then happy days, lets get on it.

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  63. RmW (18 comments) says:

    mikenmild says: “One last time Kea – you were lying (again) when you said ‘It is scandalous that tax payer funded groups, including medical professionals, tell bald faced lies to the NZ public.’ You cannot back up that lie and are now pretending that it is over to me to prove you wrong.”

    I shall attempt this on his behalf. Alcohol Healthwatch claimed in a Herald item on 21 Dec 2013 that “From 2am on it’s really focused on heavy drinking and it’s not actually about vibrancy or socialising [but] heavy intoxication.”

    This is an incorrect interpretation of what a limited-scope study demonstrated. Alcohol Healthwatch are also a taxpayer-funded organisation.

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  64. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    This further shows bias and distortion of facts to enhance Labour and Greens by media. What a farce.

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  65. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    Thanks RmW. How was that report factually incorrect?
    Note for Kea – RmW is showing you how to provide evidence to back up assertions. You could learn from this.

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  66. MT_Tinman (3,033 comments) says:

    This thread has just driven me to drink – a French red today I think. :-)

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  67. OTGO (521 comments) says:

    Our current Queen’s drinking habits according to Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin, HM’s alcohol intake never varies. She takes a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She will take wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening. That comes to 6 units per day, which would make Her Majesty a binge drinker by government standards.

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  68. David Garrett (6,668 comments) says:

    MT: Yes….what do they say? It’s after 5 somewhere in the world….

    OTGO: that’s brilliant! Old Liz a binge drinker!! What the hell would Churchill have been by the same measure? An inhabitant of London’s version of Skid Row?

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  69. RmW (18 comments) says:

    mikenmild says: “How was that report factually incorrect?”

    The report itself was correct in what it said. The organisation who commented on it refer to it in a manner which portrayed it as meaning one thing (everyone who is out late at night) when it actually did not (it studied about 1900 randomly chosen people who are NOT representative of most people who chose to go out late). It sounded “truthy” enough even though it is not.

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  70. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    Still sounds a mile away from Kea’s far-fetched claims.

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  71. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    “………mikenmild (9,338 comments) says:
    May 19th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Are you drinking now, Harriet?…….”

    That comment shows that it is you who is now pissed milky!

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  72. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    milky is bitter over me outing him as a Muslim. I don’t know how I missed it all this time ! Your dour conservative and authoritarian views were a give away.

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  73. Harriet (4,614 comments) says:

    “……I shall attempt this on his behalf. Alcohol Healthwatch claimed in a Herald item on 21 Dec 2013 that “From 2am on it’s really focused on heavy drinking and it’s not actually about vibrancy or socialising [but] heavy intoxication.”….”

    LOL milky – at that time it is probably mostly about lonely people sticking around to pick up a root, as they would probably have to go home alone to bed otherwise.

    It’s you and your bloody boring researchers who think that sleeping is exciting. No one else does.

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  74. RmW (18 comments) says:

    mikenmild says: “Still sounds a mile away from Kea’s far-fetched claims.”

    They knew exactly how what they said would be perceived.

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  75. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    I readily admit I have no idea what people are doing when they are out past 2am. I should have to check with my offspring.
    The ‘nothing good happens after 3am’ line is one I seem to remember the Police trotting out repeatedly. Just a myth?

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  76. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    I readily admit I have no idea

    We noticed milky.

    Judging by the WHO report you could assume they are drinking moderately :)

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  77. RmW (18 comments) says:

    “Nothing good happens after 3am” is nothing more than a PR department effort to get an easy to remember line out to media.

    Thousands of people every week in Auckland alone cherish being able to go out and dance to their preferred type of music, the vast majority of them do it without over-indulging on alcohol. Drinking isn’t even conducive with dancing till late – the worst problem drinkers start early, go hard and have mostly left whichever bar was still irresponsible enough to have kept serving them by 1am, 2 at the latest.

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  78. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    I don’t think the WHO report bears that out, actually Kea. But as you haven’t read it, you wouldn’t know, would you?

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  79. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    milky, I claim NZ is a country of moderate drinkers. The WHO report backs up my claim.

    If you do not agree with the World Health Organisation, and me, then provide your sources. I have provided mine.

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  80. mikenmild (11,234 comments) says:

    But I haven’t made any claim you idiot. You are the one who claimed ‘they are proven liars with their hysterical claims about kiwi drinking habits’, but you haven’t provide a scintilla of evidence to back that claim. Who are the liars and can you reference a single one of their alleged lies?

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  81. mpledger (429 comments) says:

    If we come out ahead of the French, who drink like fish, and the English, who are notorious for their binge drinking, than I don’t think we can say there isn’t a problem.

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  82. SPC (5,472 comments) says:

    As someone who contributed to the sharp increase in alcohol intake in the 70′s and then the subsequent decline since, I am so proud that this did not require assistance from AA.

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  83. SPC (5,472 comments) says:

    The stats for alcohol and crime often move in tandem – a higher youth demographic will show a rising alcohol consumption and a higher crime rate, whereas an aging (baby boomer) demographic will show lower alcohol use per capita and lower crime.

    The pertinent detail is how todays young people are drinking. And it will always be unwisely some of the time.

    The info amongst teens is encouraging, less drinking by those under 18. More focus on support for alcohol free activities and venues for them will enable later socialising without drunkenness.

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  84. RmW (18 comments) says:

    SPC says: “The stats for alcohol and crime often move in tandem – a higher youth demographic will show a rising alcohol consumption and a higher crime rate.”

    Crime has dropped rapidly in NZ in the last 12-odd years, especially in the categories most linked to alcohol: public place disorder and assaults. Both continue to decline and sit between 40-60% less incidents than at 2001.

    Compared to older demographics the younger groups (15-25) obviously show higher per-capita incidences, but the same is true globally regardless of alcohol use. Young people are over-represented regardless. You are correct, a core issue is how young people are drinking today. It is something the 2013 legislation and the Local Alcohol Policies have completely ignored.

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  85. Viking2 (11,228 comments) says:

    Just so you know.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    19 May 2014

    MEDIA RELEASE

    The New Zealand Initiative names Dr Eric Crampton as new Head of Research

    Dr Crampton’s international academic experience will grow the Initiative’s reputation as New Zealand’s leading business think tank

    Wellington (May 19) – The New Zealand Initiative today announced that Dr Eric Crampton has been appointed as its new Head of Research. Dr Crampton, a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury and author of the popular economics blog Offsetting Behaviour, will take up his new position in August. Dr Crampton will lead the Initiative’s research team to develop recommendations for New Zealand’s most pressing public policy questions.

    More….
    http://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.co.nz/2014/05/wellington-bound.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+OffsettingBehaviour+%28Offsetting+Behaviour%29

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  86. Crampton (215 comments) says:

    I’m late to the party here, but the LolitasBrother guy is dead wrong.

    First off, my arrangements with the Brewers’ Association are well disclosed on my blog, in thorough detail. They pay the University, not me, about a fifth of my salary plus overheads in order that I get a day a week to work on alcohol-related policy issues. I remain on a 1.0 FTE contract with the University. I get a small reduction in teaching load to make room for more work on this topic. By “small” I mean: no reduction in 2014, a one-course reduction in 2015, and a one-course reduction in 2016. Everything I do with them is through the University’s research office. I’m supposed to have had a 20% reduction in my administrative burden, but I’ve not noticed any effect on my admin load. See: http://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/alcohol-work.html

    Second, much of the time, I’m just pointing to official government stats showing that Sellman and Alcohol Healthwatch are just making stuff up. Are you also claiming that the MoH stats are tainted? Or the government’s excise figures?

    Finally, and as Viking’s noted above, I’m moving on from Canterbury, so the three-year deal with the Brewers will be ending rather earlier than either of us expected when they signed on with the University late last year.

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