Kiwi Survey Shows Nation in Denial
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A poll of drinking habits in far-off New Zealand indicates just under 15% believe they booze too much. But experts say this hugely underestimates the true extent of the problem in a country which consumes 75.5 liters of beer alone per person per year. "Many Kiwis tend to underestimate their drinking to justify that they're not drinking excessively, and this could be what the poll result reflects," says Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams, pointing out that previous studies have found 25% of Kiwi adults drink harmfully. "We know that even small amounts of alcohol regularly can be quite harmful, but many drinkers would like to believe that only binge drinking is harmful."