It is widely accepted that increasing the price of alcohol is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce harmful use of alcohol. Yet, in New Zealand, alcohol is becoming more and more affordable.
In 2017, all alcohol, but especially wine, was more affordable than ever before.
Compared with 2012, the affordability of beer, spirits and liqueurs increased by around 10%. The affordability of wine increased even more sharply, by 20%.