Newspaper Icon19 June 2024: Media - NZIER Cost of Alcohol Harms in New Zealand Estimate a Staggering $9.1 Billion

Alcohol Healthwatch welcomes NZIER costs of alcohol harms in New Zealand report released

The report commissioned by the Ministry of Health estimates the total cost of harms from alcohol at
a staggering $9.1 billion dollars.

Just a couple of weeks ago New Zealand’s Police Commissioner Andrew Coster floated imposing
restrictions to availability and price of alcohol, in response to a story on Police resources directed
towards alcohol harm prevention. That story highlighted the well-evidenced fact that alcohol is New
Zealand’s most harmful drug.