A.K.A: Booze, Liquor, Drink, Sauce
Alcohol is the most common drug used in New Zealand. It is a depressant which means it slows down your brain and body functions. Drinking alcohol can make you feel relaxed, confident, and sociable. It can also reduce your ability to concentrate, slow your coordination and reflexes and impair your judgement. Alcohol can affect people differently depending on their weight, metabolism, how much they have eaten beforehand, and their individual body.
If someone is experiencing addiction to alcohol, stopping suddenly can be dangerous if it is not managed with the help of a medical professional.
Survey participants also reported that barriers to accessing services, resources and information were high.
Sobriety advocate and author Lotta Dann talks to Ruth Nichol about her new book, how the alcohol industry specifically targets women, and why that matters.
Local hero Henare O’Keefe is taking High Court action to overturn a liquor licence renewal in his community of Flaxmere. The Hastings District Councillor and QSM recipient, known as the ‘ambassador of love’, says Māori should have more say