ARPHS Alcohol Service aims to prevent the misuse of alcohol by the promotion of social, physical and environmental strategies to improve and protect the public.
Alcohol Compliance & Licensing
The ARPHS Health Promotion practitioners identify and monitor areas of alcohol compliance. Outcomes are reported and support is gained through co-ordination and collaboration with regulatory and non-regulatory groups. These groups include the Alcohol Regulation and Licensing Authority, New Zealand Police, District Licensing Agencies, Health Promotion Agency, Alcohol Healthwatch, and Local Authorities.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is one of three enforcement agencies involved in the liquor licensing application process for the greater Auckland region. The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 requires the Medical Officer of Health (and Police) to report on all liquor licence applications including on, club, off and Special). Learn more about ARPHS' liquor licensing activities here.
Alcohol Health Promotion
The alcohol health promotion team uses a strengths-based approach to prevent alcohol-related harm and reduce health inequalities in Auckland. With a focus on vulnerable populations, health promoters work collaboratively to engage local communities in efforts to create safer drinking environments. By mobilising communities and strengthening their capacity to have a voice on alcohol matters, health promoters are able to create far reaching positive outcomes. In addition to reducing alcohol-related harm, community action has been shown to improve wellbeing and improve social connectedness of communities.
Why do we focus on Alcohol?
Among people who have consumed alcohol in the past 12 months (‘past-year drinkers’), one in five have hazardous drinking patterns. This is 15% of all adults, or about 532,000 people (Ministry of Health 2013).
Alcohol consumption has been identified as an important risk factor for more than 60 different disorders (WHO 2007).
In New Zealand, estimates indicate between 600 and 1000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes, with the burden falling largely on males, the young and Māori (Berl 2009; Connor et al 2005).
Between 18 and 35% of injury-based emergency department presentations are estimated to be alcohol-related, rising to between 60 and 70% during the weekend (Jones et al 2009; Humphrey et al 2003).
14% of the population are predicted to meet criteria for a substance use disorder at some time in their lives (Wells et al 2007)