News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Are you up for it?

26 October 2004

Are you up for it?

The Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) is urging New Zealand drinkers to take a short quiz to see if their drinking is putting them at risk of alcohol-related harm right now, or in the future.

ALAC acting Chief Executive Officer Paula Snowden said last night’s TVNZ documentary on women and alcohol highlighted the dangers for women of binge drinking and she said the programme’s warnings were just as applicable to men. The documentary included ALAC’s DrinkCheck questionnaire.

“The DrinkCheck questionnaire can be used in the privacy of your own home to take stock of your own drinking,” she said. “It only takes a few minutes to complete and the results may surprise.

“Many people have their head in the sand over the risks associated with their drinking but by answering these 10 simple questions you can identify whether you are at risk of alcohol-related harm, either right now or exposing yourself to future harm.”

Ms Snowden said taking the quiz might prevent problems from developing into something more serious.

Ms Snowden who appeared in the documentary urged women who missed the programme to try and view a copy of the questionnaire.

“Adult women binge drinkers match men in the amount they drink and also in their attitudes to accepting drunken behaviour.

"Where women differ is that they are more likely to be concerned about their drinking habits than men but it's not stopping them from binge drinking. This is a significant concern for New Zealand women. Medical evidence is clear, women who drink like men expose themselves to much greater health risks as a result,” she said. “Socially the harms are also evident with things like unwanted sexual activity and poor family relationships.”

ALAC research shows adult women who binge drink tend to be Pakeha, in full time employment and have a personal or household income between $30,000 and $70,000. They are usually 25 years of age and over and have children between the ages of five and 15 years.

“This is a concern for women as parents because the children will be learning about drinking by watching these behaviours.”

They live in a large town or city. They usually drink at home between one and three times a week, and over a third have more than five drinks at any one time. They also under estimate significantly how much they are actually consuming.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news