Covid-19: support and staying safer

It’s OK to think honestly about alcohol and other drug use. Here’s where you can find information and resources to help you stay safer during alert level 1. For more support and advice, please call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797. Remember, if you are experiencing a cough, high temperature (at least 38°C) or shortness of breath, contact Healthline (0800 358 5453) immediately. For more information visit covid19.govt.nz


Consider taking a break from alcohol and other drugs during this time. We still want to avoid overloading our health services and police with extra work. This could be a good opportunity to continue with positive habits you may have started during lockdown.

If you or someone in your household decides to use alcohol or other drugs, or change their use during this period, look at this information on how to stay safer, manage withdrawal symptoms, maintain recovery, and support others.

We are working with addiction treatment services and other organisations to make sure we keep this page updated with accurate and relevant public health information.

Last updated: 15/05/20