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

 

Excessive drinking concern for Pacific youth

MEDIA RELEASE - ALCOHOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

For immediate use
8 May 2008, 1.30pm

Excessive drinking causes concern for Pacific youth

Young Pacific people are in danger from excessive drinking, in what could be a growing epidemic in New Zealand, delegates at the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) Pacific Spirit conference were told today.

The findings of a mental health survey that included problems associated with alcohol and substance use, showed Pacific survey participants were less likely to drink than Maori or 'other' (mainly of European descent), but for those who did drink, the prevalence of hazardous drinking was significantly higher.

Research Analyst, Jesse Kokaua, says the results for Pacific peoples are cause for concern.

"One of our most significant findings was that, although overall alcohol consumption is generally lower amongst Pacific peoples, those who do drink are more likely to drink to excess or develop alcohol disorders.

"The main reason for this is because our Pacific population is very young and the excessive behaviour of many who do drink," he says.

"Of more concern, by age of 25 years, 96 percent of Pacific young people had used alcohol - which was similar to that for other ethnic groups."

The survey was nationally representative, with approximately 13,000 participants, (nearly 2,400 of whom were Pacific), who were interviewed face-to-face.

It was conducted during a twelve-month period from 2003 to 2004 and data from other sources also point to the fact that, in recent years, the problem has been gradually getting worse.

Jesse Kokaua is currently undertaking further research into mental illness and substance abuse among Pacific peoples and their resulting patterns of service use.

"A challenge will be how services will respond to what is potentially a growing epidemic among New Zealand’s young Pacific population," he says.

"Something must be done before the situation further worsens and we will certainly see consequences if communities fail to take action."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland