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Auckland is alcohol trouble spot: report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

Aucklanders committed more late night assaults and were more often admitted to hospital because of alcohol-related causes than Kiwis living elsewhere, a new report has found.

Released on Monday, the 2015 snapshot into alcohol-related harm by a team of government and community groups showed Auckland had a 21 per cent higher rate of late night assaults compared to the rest of the country.

Three quarters of these assaults were thought to be alcohol related.

Auckland residents also had a seven per cent greater rate of admission into hospital because of alcohol-related causes, the report said.

These rates jumped even higher for those aged 45 to 49 and 60 to 64, who had a 33 per cent and 107 per cent greater rate of hospitalisation than the rest of the country.

Crashes where alcohol was involved was the only indicator measured by the study where Auckland had a lower rate (2 per cent) than the rest of country.

Chair of the group behind the report, Rebecca Williams, said while it was concerning to see higher levels of alcohol-related harm in Auckland, a range of actions were already being taken to address these.

These were contained in her group's Action on Alcohol Plan.

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