Alcohol and drug use (50+ years)

According to Table 9, in 2007/08 Māori males aged 50–64 years were significantly less likely than non-Māori males the same age to have consumed alcohol in the previous 12 months (RR 0.83, CI 0.72–0.94). However, of those males in this age group who had drunk alcohol in the past year, Māori were equally as likely as non-Māori to have drunk alcohol daily (RR 0.94, CI 0.46–1.43).

Table 9 also shows there was no significant difference in the drinking habits of Māori females aged 50–64 years compared to those of non-Māori females across the same indicators.

Similarly, there were no significant differences in the prevalence of having used cannabis in the past year between Māori and non-Māori males and females.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 9: Alcohol and drug use indicators, Māori and non-Māori aged 50–64 years, by gender, 2007/08
  Males Females
Indicator Māori non-Māori Māori non-Māori
Consumed alcohol in the past 12 months, 2007/08, percent 73.0
(63.3–82.6)
88.2
(84.8–91.6)
70.1
(60.4–79.8)
80.7
(77.5–83.8)
Drinking alcohol daily in the past 12 months (past-year drinkers), 2007/08, percent 16.5
(8.8–26.9)
17.4
(12.8–22.1)
6.6
(3.1–12.1)
12.0
(9.1–14.8)
Drinking large amounts of alcohol at least weekly in the past 12 months (past-year drinkers), 2007/08, percent 16.1
(9.8–24.2)
10.5
(7.0–14.0)
6.6
(3.1–12.3)
5.4
(3.1–7.8)
Using cannabis in the past 12 months, 2007/08, percent 13.6
(8.0–21.2)
7.2
(4.6–9.9)
6.3
(2.1–14.1)
2.3
(1.3–3.7)

Source: 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey, Ministry of Health

Notes:
Age standardised to the 2001 Census total Māori population.
Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā Tapuae me ngā Raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
‘Drinking large amounts of alcohol’ is defined as drinking more than six (for men) or four (for women) standard drinks on one drinking occasion.

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