Announcement from Minister Craig Foss

Minister Craig Foss has recently announced that alcohol interlocks will be mandatory for all repeat drink drivers and any first time offenders that are twice over the old drink drive limit.

This is a great announcement as alcohol interlocks mean that you can’t physically start your car with any alcohol on your breath – safer roads for us all!

Visit Smart Start Interlocks to learn more.

Addiction knows no socioeconomic bounds

In fact, researchers believe addiction is about 50 per cent genetic predisposition. And the other 50 per cent?

It’s certainly not determined by material wealth. Addiction knows no socio-economic bounds: 10 per cent of teachers, 10 per cent of plumbers, and 10 per cent of CEOs have an addiction.

September 2021 update:

Recent research indicates that drug usage amongst older adults is rising.

  • 40% of New Zealanders aged 50+ are hazardous drinkers
  • 13% in this age group use cannabis
  • Around 30% are taking medications that interact with alcohol