Alcohol and drug abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse is serious. It can affect your physical health, state of mind, relationships and finances. It can put you in legal trouble.

Important: If you (or someone you know) feel unsafe because of another person’s drinking or drug use, call the police. If you find someone unconscious, call an ambulance – dial 111.

Support for alcohol and drug problems

If you or someone you care about has an alcohol or other drug problem, or you want to change your habits, there is help available.

It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone.

If you’d like confidential advice and support to get help for yourself or someone you know, contact:

You can find out more about the range of help options available, including online resources, treatment options in the community or live-in, service providers and support groups in the section:


Want to help others?

Matua Raki
A useful website if you’re considering a career in helping people with addictions, or want to improve your skills in addiction treatment.

Careers NZ
Careers NZ is the government agency responsible for leading the career development of New Zealanders. Information on training and working in addiction counselling and other relevant areas. 

In this section

  • Alcohol is the most widely used social drug in New Zealand. Heavy drinkers and binge drinkers risk serious alcohol-related harm. Read more
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing problems giving up psychoactive substances, find out how to get help. Read more
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