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Ease up

EASE UP (Alcohol free, Smoke free, and Abuse free) SPORTS GROUNDS/SAFE SIDELINES PROJECT

Organised sports provide a focal point for communities to come together, and while organised sports provides a powerful force for social cohesion it has also become a site for excessive anti-social behaviour brought on by alcohol, smoking, and drug taking. It is a social phenomenon that is paradoxical in the sense that these excessive anti-social behaviors contradicts every virtue that we admire most, and hold dear about organised sports such as health and wellbeing, fitness, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging to a community.

The Ease Up Sports Ground Project is an interagency partnership aimed at creating a safe and healthy environment for our rangatahi/children, their whanau and the wider community through the normalisation of Alcohol free, Smoke free, and Abuse free sports grounds. The broad policy goals for the safe sidelines project are:

  1. Create greater awareness of alcohol and tobacco related harms
  2. Encourage wider sporting code participation
  3. Encourage community ownership
  4. Promote alcohol and smoke-free policy development
  5. Support project sustainability through effective working relationships within and between sporting codes

The Ease Up/Safe Sidelines Project has continued to maintain ongoing relationships with Tairawhiti District Health (TDH), Gisborne District Council (GDC), Turanga Health (CAYAD), Sports Gisborne Tairawhiti, and with the Poverty Bay Rugby Union (through the project’s association with local rugby clubs)



Download a copy of a resource toolkit developed by CAYAD for sports clubs who want to take active steps towards reducing the culture of alcohol, drugs, and anti-social behaviour:

CAYAD – Alcohol and Drug Policies and Practices Sports Clubs in New Zealand


The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) released a number of publications that provide an overview of the social, health, and the effects that alcohol have on the body.  They are a brief series of information covering areas such as the effects of alcohol on body parts, the health effects of acute alcohol use, the health conditions related to chronic alcohol use and the effects of alcohol on other people and populations.

HPA – Health Impacts of Alcohol

HPA – Body and health effects


Managing alcohol and other drugs in the workplace was developed to help business owners address the negative impacts of alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace and manage the potential risks and hazards it creates.

ACC – alcohol and drugs in the workplace.


The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) have released a report stating that in 2013 alcohol/drugs were a contributing factor in 72 fatal traffic crashes, 324 serious injury crashes and 861 minor injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 78 deaths, 440 serious injuries and 1,226minor injuries. The total social cost of crashes involving alcohol/drugs was about $669million; 22 percent of the social cost associated with all injury crashes.

NZTA – Alcohol and Drugs 2014