Hazardous drinking rates in New Zealand jumped over the lockdown last year, according to Dr Nicki Jackson, Alcohol Healthwatch’s Executive Director, reports NZ Herald. Dr Jackson says 20% of New Zealanders increased their alcohol consumption during the Level 4 lockdown, while at Level 1 that reduced to 14%. Her claims were backed by the emergency department data, which stated the number of emergency attendances was higher by 200 visits in May 2020, compared to the same time in 2019. Similarly in June and July 2020, the numbers showed 400 more attendances than last year.