“E raka te maui e raka te katau" "A community can use all the skills of its people”
New Zealand law states that the minimum age to purchase alcohol is 18 years.
In 2012, one in every 13 (7.8%) New Zealand adolescent drinkers under 18 years of age reported being able to buy alcohol themselves.
Of students who bought their own alcohol, 69% reported buying it from a bottle store, 15% from a supermarket and 17% from other places.
One-quarter (25%) of students who purchased their own alcohol reported that they almost never or hardly ever are asked for ID. This prevalence was higher (28%) amongst students living in neighbourhoods of high deprivation .
In New Zealand, buying alcohol when under 18 years of age is a strong predictor of heavy drinking . Therefore, to reduce alcohol-related harm to young people, action must be focused towards preventing underage sales.
Reducing the number of licensed premises (particularly off-licences) in a community may also have an impact on reducing underage sales of alcohol.
Click here for a factsheet on the harms from drinking in adolescence
Click here for a factsheet on trends in adolescent drinking in New Zealand
Click here for a factsheet on the role of alcohol availability in adolescent drinking