Information on Alcohol and Drugs for people living with HIV

HIV and Alcohol & Drugs



Alcohol is a drug and comes in many forms, including beer, cider, wine, alcopops, and spirits such as whisky, gin and vodka.

Alcohol is legally available in the New Zealand from licensed outlets to people aged over 18 years and is enjoyed and used safely by many people. However, alcohol is a major cause of health and social problems, and, after tobacco, causes more deaths in the New Zealand than any other drug. 
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It is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Please talk to your doctor or another member of your HIV specialist for advice tailored to your situation.
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If you find that you can not control your use of alcohol or other drugs, would like to cut back or stop or would like any other support in this area, Body Positive may be able to help. We currently have a range of counselling available in Auckland.
To talk to us about starting counselling, please contact us on 0800 HIV LINE
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