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Alcohol research

Alcohol is a leading contributor to death, disease, and injury in New Zealand. It is estimated to cause 800 deaths annually among those aged less than 80 years. Breast cancer is the leading cause of alcohol-related death for women and approximately one-third of all alcohol-attributable deaths are due to cancer.

Our current research focus on two subjects. One is to explore how alcohol affects hauora (well-being) of young adult Māori wāhine (women), including how this group responds to alcohol industry messages and health promotion initiatives. The other focus is on examining the link between the use of alcohol and smoking within young people.

Current alcohol research projects

  • Young Māori wāhine (women's) experiences and relationship with alcohol
  • Does giving up alcohol binge drinking lead to quitting smoking (or vice versa)?
  • Internet use and the use of alcohol and tobacco among New Zealand adolescents

Alcohol research team