Alcohol the most harmful drug in New Zealand.

Call for alcohol law reform following the release of research from the University of Otago, revealing that alcohol has become the most harmful drug in New Zealand.

The call for alcohol law reform comes on the heels of disturbing research released last week, with research released by the University of Otago finding that alcohol is now the most harmful drug in New Zealand. Data released by Waka Kotahi showed deaths involving drink-driving in Aotearoa have doubled since 2013 - reaching a 10-year peak last year.

"Addressing alcohol-related harm is indeed a 'bread and butter' issue," said Jason Alexander, CEO of Hāpai te Hauora. "Alcohol misuse is directly related to social stability, economic productivity, public safety, and the overall health of our communities. These issues are the very fabric of our society and all have one major issue at the core, and that is the impact of alcohol on whānau.

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