Are 1 In 10 Kiwis Really Alcoholic?

One in 10 New Zealanders could now be considered “alcoholic” according to new diagnostic criteria – but the majority of those with a drinking problem are unlikely to recognise it because the issue is so common.

The new estimate of 400,000 “alcoholics” in New Zealand – around 10 per cent of our 4.4 million population – was tallied up by Professor Doug Sellman from the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago.

Hmm. There’s something fishy here. Why does the name Doug Sellman resonate strongly with the concept of derp? Paging Eric Crampton…

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