More sophisticated palates and the introduction of strict drink driving laws are believed to be factors in a reduction in the volume of alcohol in New Zealanders’ drinks.
The volume of alcohol available for consumption on New Zealand streets has hit an 18 year low, according to Statistics NZ, though the amount of alcoholic beverages we consume has stayed the same.
Statistics New Zealand senior manager Jason Attewell said the the total volume of alcohol available in 2015 was the equivalent of two standard drinks a day per person.
That was down 4.1 per cent on the previous year and the lowest volume of alcohol available per capita since 1997.
Yet the wowsers insist we are drinking more than ever before and we need to restrict hours more, increase taxes more etc etc.