Nz Legal Age to Drink

Under the Liqu­or Sale and Sup­ply Act, the legal age to purcha­se alco­hol in New Zea­land is 18. New Zea­land is not of legal drin­king age. In other words, alt­hough peop­le under the age of 18 can­not legal­ly buy alco­hol them­sel­ves, they are legal­ly allo­wed to con­su­me alco­hol. Also, the poli­ce may char­ge you if you have been a minor and/or underage in the pub if you are under 18. New Zealand‘s alco­hol laws date back to 1840, when they were adop­ted by the Bri­tish legal sys­tem. As in most coun­tries, the first alco­hol laws in New Zea­land were lar­ge­ly influ­en­ced by beliefs at the time of their enact­ment. For examp­le, it was once for­bid­den for Maō­ri to buy and con­su­me alco­hol. Table 4 shows important tests of the rela­ti­ons­hips bet­ween alco­hol use in con­texts and the risk of pro­ble­ma­tic out­co­mes. The table is divi­ded into four sec­tions, which focus on the risks of pro­blems rela­ted to (A) alco­hol use in each set­ting, (B) lar­ger amounts in each set­ting (dose-respon­se), © the asso­cia­ti­on of lowe­red MPA with pro­blems asso­cia­ted with each set­ting, and (D) the rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween lowe­red MPA and dose-respon­se. Sec­tions A and B show the risks of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on spe­ci­fic to the con­text pri­or to the MPA change.

Sec­tions C and D show the MPA‘s asso­cia­ti­ons with the­se rela­ti­ons­hips. The non-signi­fi­cant direct post-MPA effect pre­sen­ted below in the table shows that con­text-spe­ci­fic mea­su­res exp­lai­ned the sta­tis­ti­cal­ly mar­gi­nal effects other­wi­se asso­cia­ted with the redu­ced MPA. Table 2 pres­ents the most important tests for deter­mi­ning whe­ther respondents in the tar­get age groups expe­ri­en­ced dif­fe­rent chan­ges in alco­hol con­sump­ti­on and con­tex­tu­al con­sump­ti­on after the reduc­tion in MPA com­pa­red to other age cate­go­ries. The top two sec­tions show that alco­hol con­sump­ti­on results dif­fe­red across age groups and sur­vey years, while the bot­tom sec­tion exami­nes whe­ther two broad age cate­go­ries (16–17 and 18–19) show­ed dif­fe­rent chan­ges in MPA alco­hol con­sump­ti­on than older or youn­ger respondents. The­se latest results sug­gest that respondents aged 18 to 19 expe­ri­en­ced a rela­ti­ve incre­a­se in the likeli­hood of drin­king alco­hol in the last year fol­lowing MPA com­pa­red to other age groups. The post-ART pha­se also saw a signi­fi­cant incre­a­se in con­text use rates among 16–17 year olds (42 addi­tio­nal oppor­tu­nities per year) and 18–19 year olds (34 addi­tio­nal oppor­tu­nities) bey­ond chan­ges in other age groups. The­se chan­ges were dis­tri­bu­t­ed across con­texts in dif­fe­rent ways. Youth aged 16 to 17 drank more often at home (+22 times per year), at others at home (+12) and in other set­tings (+22). Young peop­le aged 18 to 19 drank more often in pubs/discos (+15). The decre­a­se in ASD was asso­cia­ted with incre­a­sed fre­quen­cy of alco­hol use in all set­tings among 16- to 19-year-olds, with 16- to 17-year-olds more likely to use in social set­tings and 18- to 19-year-olds more likely to use in com­mer­cial set­tings, par­ti­cu­lar­ly pubs and night­clubs. Among 16- to 17-year-olds, the use of pubs and night­clubs for drin­king has decli­ned. Results for other demo­gra­phic and eco­no­mic cova­ria­tes are pre­sen­ted as addi­tio­nal mate­ri­al avail­ab­le only on the Web.

Spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on tests that pre­dic­ted con­text-spe­ci­fic annu­al fre­quen­ci­es of 365 ins­tead of 730 (for sur­vey respon­ses of “more than once a day”) yiel­ded near­ly iden­ti­cal results. An addi­tio­nal spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on test, which also asses­sed the total fre­quen­cy of con­sump­ti­on at 365, pro­vi­ded very simi­lar results, except that the inter­ac­tion of MPA with the 18–19 age group no lon­ger had a signi­fi­cant asso­cia­ti­on with the over­all fre­quen­cy (b = 18.89, z = 1.64). The­re is no age when it is ille­gal to drink alco­hol in New Zea­land. It is ille­gal for com­pa­nies to discri­mi­na­te against you on pro­hi­bi­ted grounds set out in the Human Rights Act, inclu­ding race, colour, sexu­al ori­en­ta­ti­on (i.e. if you are hete­ro­se­xu­al, gay, les­bi­an or bise­xu­al) or becau­se you have a disa­bi­li­ty, etc. In the 1980s, wine­ries in New Zea­land, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in the Marl­bo­rough regi­on, began pro­du­cing an excel­lent Sau­vi­gnon Blanc that some cri­tics descri­bed as unf­or­gett­able. “New Zea­land Sau­vi­gnon Blanc is like a child who inherits the best of both par­ents – the exo­tic aro­mas found in some New World Sau­vi­gnon Blancs, and the pun­gent, lime­stone aci­di­ty of an Old World Sau­vi­gnon Blanc like the Sancer­re of the Loire Val­ley” (Old­man, p. 152). One review­er said that drin­king New Zealand‘s first Sau­vi­gnon Blanc was like having sex for the first time (Taber, p. 244).

“No other regi­on of the world can com­pe­te with Marl­bo­rough, the nor­the­as­tern cor­ner of New Zealand‘s South Island that seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sau­vi­gnon Blanc gra­pes” (Taber, p. 244). Until the 1990s, the sale of alco­hol out­side the licen­se was limi­ted to hotels, bot­t­le shops and pri­va­te clubs to sell alco­hol to go. In 1990, super­mar­kets were allo­wed to sell wine but not beer, but after chan­ges in 1999,[14] super­mar­kets and some small gro­cers were now allo­wed to extend their liqu­or licen­ses to sell both beer and wine. The 1999 law also lega­li­zed the sale of alco­hol on Sundays for the first time in near­ly 120 years. [14] Alco­hol con­sump­ti­on was mea­su­red for 15 detail­ed con­sump­ti­on con­texts. To sim­pli­fy the ana­ly­ses, they were divi­ded into five cate­go­ries: respondent‘s home, other people‘s homes, pubs/hotels/taverns as well as night­clubs, restaurants/cafes, and a resi­du­al cate­go­ry that inclu­des all other con­texts of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on (inclu­ding sports clubs, other clubs/gatherings, spe­cial events, theatres/films, work­pla­ces, domestic air tra­vel, pri­va­te vehi­cles, spor­ting events and public pla­ces). For each con­text, each drin­ker repor­ted the num­ber of occa­si­ons they drank in each con­text in the past year (fre­quen­cy) and the typi­cal amount of alco­hol con­su­med in each set­ting (drinks per occa­si­on, DPO). Cate­go­ri­cal indi­ca­tors of typi­cal fre­quen­cy of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on were con­ver­ted to inter­val esti­ma­tes, with the top cate­go­ry “more than once a day” coded 730 times per year. Total fre­quen­cy of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on was cal­cu­la­ted as the sum of con­text-spe­ci­fic reports. As a result, a small pro­por­ti­on of indi­vi­du­al respondents (1.3%) had an annu­al fre­quen­cy of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on of more than 730 occa­si­ons (up to 1,927). Spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on tes­ting has shown that the results pre­sen­ted here remai­ned essen­ti­al­ly unch­an­ged when the­se values were Win­so­ri­zed to 365 [18].

The law is based on the pre­mi­se that par­ents should deter­mi­ne how and when their child­ren are intro­du­ced to alco­hol, so it is ille­gal for anyo­ne to pro­vi­de alco­hol to anyo­ne under the age of 18 without the con­sent of their par­ents or guar­di­ans. Alco­hol is the most com­mon recrea­tio­nal drug in New Zea­land, and an important part of poli­cing is respon­ding to alco­hol-rela­ted inci­dents. The­se inclu­de vio­lent crime, homic­i­de, impai­red dri­ving, domestic vio­lence, safe­ty of into­xi­ca­ted per­sons or their envi­ron­ment. It depends on the nightclub‘s licen­se and the “house rules”. You should check what the nightclub‘s licen­se says about the drink. The reduc­tion in MPA in New Zea­land was lin­ked to an incre­a­se in the pro­por­ti­on of drin­kers aged 18 to 19, the fre­quen­cy with which this age group drank in dif­fe­rent set­tings, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in com­mer­cial con­texts such as pubs/nightclubs (incre­a­sing on average 15 times a year) and the pro­ble­ma­tic risks asso­cia­ted with alco­hol con­sump­ti­on in the­se set­tings. Among drin­kers aged 16 to 17 years, decre­a­sed ASD was asso­cia­ted with more fre­quent alco­hol use, hig­her alco­hol con­sump­ti­on, and incre­a­sed use in non-com­mer­cial social set­tings. The­se incre­a­ses appe­ar to have off­set the impro­ved effect of dis­con­ti­nuing pub/nightclub use (12 occa­si­ons on average per year), with hig­her fre­quen­ci­es and amounts of con­sump­ti­on asso­cia­ted with con­sump­ti­on at home (+22 oppor­tu­nities), others at home (12 oppor­tu­nities) and other con­sump­ti­on con­texts (+22 oppor­tu­nities). This shift towards infor­mal access may also be rela­ted to the simul­ta­ne­ous poli­cy chan­ge, which tigh­te­ned pho­to iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on and age requi­re­ments and incre­a­sed pen­al­ties for sales to minors through com­mer­cial out­lets. It is important to note that, con­tra­ry to the claims of pro­pon­ents of MPA reduc­tion [11–13], the risks asso­cia­ted with the pro­blems have not been miti­ga­ted by chan­ges in drin­king pat­terns or the use of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on con­texts; New­ly older drin­kers, like all drin­kers, repor­ted hig­her risks of pro­blems asso­cia­ted with drin­king alco­hol in bars after the reduc­tion of MPA; Underage drin­kers repor­ted incre­a­sed alco­hol use and, ine­vi­ta­b­ly, pro­blems asso­cia­ted with alco­hol use in non-com­mer­cial social set­tings. From a youth pro­tec­tion per­spec­ti­ve, the natu­ral expe­ri­ment of redu­cing MPA appears to have fai­led, lea­ding to incre­a­sed alco­hol con­sump­ti­on and more pro­blems among 16- to 19-year-olds.

It is recom­men­ded to coope­ra­te with the poli­ce. If you try to make fal­se state­ments and the poli­ce find out you lied, you‘ll be in more legal trou­ble. At the turn of the 19th cen­tu­ry, absten­tio­nists from the United Sta­tes and Bri­tain quick­ly lan­ded on the shores of the Kiwis. Tem­pe­r­an­ce means mode­ra­ting alco­hol consumption.