Alcohol-related harm

Alcohol-related harmPānga waipiro

Alcohol use can lead to both short-term and long-term harm to the health of drinkers and those around them.

These indicators describe aspects of alcohol-related harm in Aotearoa New Zealand

Density of licensed alcohol outlets

(at the Area Unit level)

Harmful alcohol use

Hazardous drinking, heavy episodic drinking

Hospitalisations wholly attributable to alcohol

Mortality wholly attributable to alcohol

Explore our interactive data

These dashboards let you explore regional data about alcohol-related harm.


Districts (formerly district health boards) are responsible for the health of the people living in their district. There are 20 districts in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Territorial authorities (TAs) include city councils and district councils. TAs provide services and infrastructure for their local community. There are 67 TAs in Aotearoa New Zealand.

TA with Auckland local board areas

Territorial authorities (TAs) (city councils and district councils) are provided in this map, along with Auckland council divided into 21 Auckland local board (ALB) areas.

Area units (AU)
(density of licensed alcohol outlets)

There are about 2000 area units (AUs) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Area units are about the size of a neighbourhood. Most area units have a population of about 100-4000 people.

Local area

View graphs and data tables for your region and compared to New Zealand. Explore all indicators for a topic for a specific area in one place. Download a pdf report or individual data tables (csv).

View local area reports

Access datasets
and metadata

Access full datasets, additional data about alcohol-related harm, and indicator metadata from the Resources page.

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About the indicators

These indicators are based on the work of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Indicators Work Group, South Island Public Health Partnership. This indicator set is a work in progress and is part of the Environmental Health Intelligence NZ (EHINZ). Further indicators and results will be added over time. Additional data about alcohol-related harm is available to download in the Resources page.

For more information about the EHINZ, visit For more alcohol statistics, visit the Health Promotion Agency’s website.