NZ's standard drinks guidelines could change after Aussie decision

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019, 5:54PM
Australia now recommends people only drink 10 times a week. (Photo / Getty)

NZ's standard drinks guidelines could change after Aussie decision

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 17 Dec 2019, 5:54PM

New Zealanders could soon be pressured to drink fewer alcoholic beverages a week.

Australia's reigned in its alcohol guidelines, suggesting no more than 10 standard drinks a week, and a maximum of four drinks per day.

New Zealand's alcohol healthwatch wants to follow suit. The current limit here is 15.

Matt Claridge, chief executive of the Tomorrow Project, aimed at promoting moderate consumption of alcohol, told Andrew Dickens that this is medical advice based on low-risk guidelines.

He says that the message in this is to understand what a standard drink is. 

"Our advice is not to treat the guidelines as a destination. The majority of New Zealanders drink responsibly." 

Claridge says there are a mix of short term and long term risks when it comes to drinking, but people need to find balance when it comes to drinking.