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Ease up on the booze in Kaipara

Ease up on the booze this summer, is the message to Kaipara residents after the amount of serious alcohol-related road trauma injuries in the area last year was double the amount in Whangarei.

The Dargaville Hospital and Medical Centre are working with the Alcohol Drug Helpline and the Health Promotion Agency encouraging people to ease up on the drink this summer as a result of some startling statistics.

Figures attribute alcohol-related harm as an area of concern for Kaipara with residents presenting to Northland hospitals with a wholly alcohol-attributable condition nearly twice as often in 2013 than 2012. In addition, in 2013, Kaipara had double the amount of serious road trauma injuries involving alcohol and/or drugs compared to Whangarei, plus two fatalities.

Dargaville Medical Centre practice manager Judy Harris says staff is urging people to say ‘Yeah I’m up for a good night out but Nah I don’t want to drink anymore’.

“If you want to say ‘Nah’ more often, then the Medical Centre can provide support options. We are promoting the Alcohol Drug Helpline. It’s free from any mobile or landline and provides trained alcohol and drug counsellors who are there to provide support.”

Emergency Service Centres see an increase in alcohol-related presentations over the summer months and the majority of these are preventable. Hospital and medical centre staff will be wearing ‘Want to say NAH more often?’ t-shirts and offering support from the Alcohol Drug Helpline.

Dargaville Hospital operations manager Jen Thomas says: “We fully support the message – if we can prevent at least one family from having to deal with the consequences of long-term brain injury or support a person to receive counselling following alcohol poisoning, then promoting this message and the Helpline service is worth it.”

Northland DHB Alcohol and Other Drugs counsellor for Community Health Services Tui Teokotai adds that when people drink too much, it has far-reaching effects on themselves, the people around them and the wider community.

“At the end of the day, it’s alcohol which is the main drug we see causing the most harm. It’s having a huge impact on peoples’ lives, from family violence, housing and financial struggles, through to health issues and crime.”


The Alcohol Drug Helpline is open between 10am-10pm on 0800 787 797.

For more information, such as: how to recognise if you have a problem, tips for managing your drinking, how to raise the issue with someone whose drinking you are concerned about, where to go for help, being a responsible host and managing your drinking, log onto the campaign website: https://www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz/


Kaipara health professionals (left-right) Scott Davidson, Laurie Herd, Judy Harris, Katie Humm, Gemma Groome promote the new message.



(Left-right): Katie Humm, Jill Rahui, Carolyn Child.






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