Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and drug addiction 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.

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.

Support groups are offered in most communities.

  • These groups hold regular meetings for people with alcohol and other drug problems.
  • There are also groups for people who may be affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use.

Support services

If you’d like confidential advice and support to get help for yourself or someone you know, make use of the free services listed below.

Alcohol Drug Helpline
Phone 0800 787 797


Related websites

Al-Anon/Alateen
Freephone 0508 425266. Hope and help for young people and adults who are the relatives and friends of a problem drinker.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Freephone 0800 229 6757. Community Alcohol Drug Services (run by district health boards). Look in the front of your phone book for your local service.

CareNZ
Services for people affected by alcohol and/or other drug abuse problems throughout New Zealand.

DrugHelp
A website for people who are concerned about how drugs are affecting their lives – whether it’s because of their own use or because someone close to them has a problem.

Like a Drink?
A website for people who have experiences issues with their drinking and are thinking about making some changes.

Salvation Army
The Bridge programme provides support for either you, a friend or a relative affected by alcohol and drugs. 

Youthline
Freephone 0800 37 66 33. Support for young people.


Other useful websites

Health Promotion Agency

New Zealand Drug Foundation

National Drug Policy


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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