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Alcohol is a significant cause of disease, disability and social harm.

Toi Te Ora Public Health supports strategies to reduce harm related to alcohol consumption and especially excessive alcohol consumption.

Alcohol use is deeply embedded in many societies including New Zealand. Significant widespread change will be required if we are to successfully address harm from alcohol consumption.

Decreased alcohol consumption would result in a healthier New Zealand population and lead to lower health care costs. Any consumption of alcohol has potential harmful effects, particularly for vulnerable populations such as young people and unborn children. Excessive use comes at a high cost through increased risk of accidental injury, violence, motor vehicle, crashes, cancer, mental health problems, alcohol addiction, and other alcohol-related disorders.

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