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

 


1/3 of NZ families affected by alcohol and drug problems

1/3 of NZ families affected by alcohol and drug problems

A third of New Zealanders have a family member who has experienced negative effects in their life due to alcohol or drug use, research commissioned by the New Zealand Drug Foundation has shown.

The survey conducted by Research New Zealand to support the Drug Foundation’s febfast fundraising campaign shows that many New Zealand families are affected by addiction.

“One in three New Zealanders have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to deal with a family member who is experiencing negative effects due to alcohol or drug use,” New Zealand Drug Foundation executive Director Ross Bell said.

“Many of us know a loved one who has struggled with alcohol or drug issues, it is important to support our friends and whanau through their journey and help get them the support they need.

Mr Bell said that the survey also showed 15 percent of New Zealanders don’t know where to go for help when faced with a family member who has an alcohol or drug problem.

“Because so many Kiwis are affected by alcohol and drug problems, we need to make it easier to find help.

“Men are two times more likely than women to not know where to find help for alcohol and drug problems. Those aged over 55 are significantly less likely to know where to access help as well.

“This is something we need to change.”

Mr Bell said that as we enter the last week of febfast it was important to get behind the cause and help raise funds to help families who are dealing with alcohol and drug problems.

“This year, febfast’s focus has been on raising awareness of alcohol and other drug problems, and helping people understand these complex issues. These results show how confused many people are about where to turn to find help,” Mr Bell said.

“febfast is helping raise awareness and funds so that people do know where to go and there are quality resources for families faced with an alcohol or drug problems.”

People can donate to febfast at www.febfast.org.nz

febfast facts
• 2014 will be the fourth year the Drug Foundation has run febfast in New Zealand.
• In the three years to date, febfast has raised over $260,000 to help support organisations that assist young New Zealander’s with alcohol and drug issues, and help people better cope with substance abuse in their families.
• In 2013 the money raised from febfast was targeted to the Drug Foundations Get the Msg! (Get the Message) campaign. Currently Get the Msg! is a free drug information service via text messaging. It provides people with credible and factual health and safety information about drugs in a discreet way, wherever they are at any time of day.
• In 2013 we increased our social media presence and helped people to raise more money per person than ever before!
• The money raised in 2012 went towards supporting youth alcohol and other drug services across New Zealand included CareNZ, Evolve, and Odyssey House.
• The money raised in 2014 will go towards developing resources for parents and families who are struggling with alcohol and other drug issues.

Q1. Imagine that a family member of yours is being faced with an alcohol or drug problem. In this case, where would you go for help?

Total
Base =501
%
GP/Doctor/Health Centre/Hospital31
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)27
Other family members15
Alcohol Helpline/Drug Helpline/Youthline13
Counsellor8
Police/Emergency services7
Internet7
Treatment or support services (general mention)7
Friends4
Church4
Citizen's Advice Bureau4
Salvation Army4
Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADs)2
Ministry of Health1
Library0
I would just deal with it myself3
Other13
Don't know15

The base numbers shown are unweighted counts.
Total may exceed 100% because of multiple responses.

Table 2:
Q2. Have any of your family members ever experienced negative effects on their lives due to their alcohol or drug use?

Total
Base =501
%
Yes31
No67
Don't know1
Total100

The base numbers shown are unweighted counts.
Total may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Shipped On A Bottle: Young Change-Makers Take To The Sea On Plastic Bottle Kayaks

With the aim of harnessing innovative design to construct kayaks solely from recycled materials, the “waste positive” project Plastic Bottle Kayak brings adventure into Kiwi classrooms. The call is out now for classrooms to send in messages and artwork to be inserted into the bottles. More>>

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news