Drugs/Alcohol and Gambling
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Substance use, abuse and addiction are common in our current society. This use can include alcohol, drugs, gambling or anything else that can be used as a means of escape or ‘getting high’. In fact, approximately 12.3% of the NZ population will experience a substance use disorder at some point in their lives. This can cause major problems within families if being used by parents, tamariki or close extended whānau.
- 4 out of 5 NZ adults use alcohol – 1 in 4 have a problem with alcohol use.
- 44% of NZ adults will try an illicit drug in their lifetime.
- 94% of NZ adults will have tried one form of gambling in their lifetime.
These numbers are very high for a small country and the NZ government is taking active measures to promote harm reduction across all 3 of those sectors – alcohol, drugs and gambling.
Young people aged 18-24 have the highest rates of hazardous drinking in the country. Statistics also show that our Maori population are more likely to experience harm from AOD use and gambling than non-Maori.
If you need help regarding your alcohol and drug usage, we recommend you call the Alcohol/Drug Helpline – call 0800 787 797 or text 8681 If you are concerned about your gambling, we recommend you call the Gambling Helpline – 0800 654 655 or text 8006.