The drinking culture in New Zealand is not unknown nor public knowledge. In fact, it would not be unrealistic to compare NZ with the UK drinking culture!
In fact, on the website Alcohol.org.nz it is stated that Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs in New Zealand. Now this drug is freely available in varied outlets across the nation, the level of consumption has increased since the 1990s.
The affect from, alcohol on the body is quite amazing to consider. It affects all parts and over consumption has long term effects. I have certainly been brought up through the 80s and 90s buried in this culture. In fact, when I was employed in the NZ Forest Service it was rife. And I developed a cognitive dissonance about the whole issue with drinking. Also, there is no doubt that if you have a major life event that swings you off the rails, drinking is where people often turn too. However, the result is putting you in a worse position than when you first started.
So, next time you decide to have a drink, consider having one to enjoy the company of others, while knowing your limits and having the strength to say 'when'. Make sure you have a responsible driver pre-organized. And be a great awesome buddy to ensure you look after your mates.
Andy Thompson Photography NZ