Alcohol - The Risks

Risky drinking is a significant problem in Hawke’s Bay. One in every four adults drinks too much – this means they are likely to be harming their own health or causing harm to others through their drinking.

To reduce the risk to your health, you should limit how much alcohol you drink. The recommended limits depend on your age, gender and other factors.

How much alcohol is too much?

The recommended limits depend on your age, gender and other factors.

What is a standard drink?

Because drinks have different amounts of alcohol in them, the number of standard drinks in each bottle, can or cask with be different. The diagram below shows the number of standard drinks in popular drinks containing alcohol.

Try the Health Promotion Agency’s interactive game to see if you can pour a standard drink.

Is your drinking okay?

Take the Health Promotion Agency’s online quiz is your drinking okay to find out.

Learn ways to help you ease up on the drink

Advice for women who could be pregnant, are pregnant or trying to get pregnant - STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL.

There is no known safe level of alcohol use at any stage of pregnancy. Want to know more? Read these Frequently Asked Questions

Need support? Contact the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or free text 234