26th July 2019, Volume 132 Number 1499

Andy Towers, John McMenamin, David Newcombe, Janie Sheridan, Gillian White

A recent Lancet article1 forecasts that, despite a reduction since the 1990s, New Zealand’s per capita alcohol consumption is expected to increase over the next decade. This contrasts with predicted…

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Andy Towers, School of Health Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North; 
John McMenamin, Health Solutions Trust, Whanganui; 
David Newcombe, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland; 
Janie Sheridan, School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, Auckland; 
Gillian White, Health Solutions Trust, Whanganui.


Andy Towers, School of Health Sciences, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North.

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Competing Interests

All authors report grants from Health Promotion Agency during the conduct of the study.


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