Alcohol use

Indicator Māori Non-Māori
Males Females Total Males Females Total
Table 11: Alcohol use indicators, by gender, Māori and non-Māori, 2013/14 [1]
Consumed alcohol in the past 12 months, 15+ years, percent, 2013/14 83.1
(80.2–85.6)
79.4
(76.9–81.7)
80.9
(79.0–82.7)
83.4
(81.8–85.0)
76.1
(74.5–77.7)
79.6
(78.5–80.7)
Drank alcohol 4 or more times a week in the past 12 months (among past year drinkers), 15+ years, percent, 2013/14 11.9
(9.1–15.3)
8.1
(6.0–10.8)
9.9
(8.1–12.2)
20.4
(18.8–22.1)
13.0
(11.7–14.4)
16.9
(15.7–18.1)
Drank large amounts of alcohol at least weekly in the past 12 months (among past year drinkers), 15+ years, percent, 2013/14 22.7
(19.3–26.5)
16.9
(14.7–19.4)
19.7
(17.5–22.0)
15.1
(13.3–17.1)
7.6
(6.4–8.9)
11.5
(10.4–12.6)

Māori and non-Māori adults were equally likely to have consumed alcohol in the past year (RR 1.02, CI 0.99–1.05). Māori adult drinkers were less likely than non-Māori adult drinkers to have drunk alcohol 4 or more times a week in the past year (RR 0.60, CI 0.50–0.72). However, of those who had drunk in the past year, Māori were about twice as likely as non‑Māori to have consumed a large amount of alcohol at least weekly (RR 1.75, CI 1.54–1.99).


1. Notes:

  • Figures are age-standardised to the total Māori population as recorded in the 2001 Census.
  • Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā tapuae me ngā raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
  • ‘A large amount of alcohol’ is defined as more than 6 (for men) or 4 (for women) standard drinks on 1 drinking occasion.

Source: 2013/14 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

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