21 Dec 2009

NZers need to moderate drinking - new ALAC head

10:04 pm on 21 December 2009

The new head of the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) says New Zealanders must learn to be more moderate in their use of alcohol.

Rea Wikaira, who is of Ngati Maniapoto and Ngapuhi affiliation, chairs the Auckland Primary Health Organisation; has held senior management positions on the Waikato and Counties Manukau District Health Boards; and is a former CEO of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.

He told Waatea News ALAC's work will be with individuals to take on moderation in their drinking.

"ALAC has been very active in the research area as well as with the Law Commission, working on new types of legislation ... but .... at the end of the day our work will be on every individual to take on the culture of moderation for the future."

Mr Wikaira says new board members, psychologist Dr Ian Millar and long-time health advocate Barbara Docherty, will add new dimensions to ALAC's work.