Teenage drinking shocks students from overseas

NZ Herald Oct 14, 2010
Foreign students coming to New Zealand say they are shocked at the teenage drinking culture, but studies suggest many double their intake of booze while here. A report by the University of Washington, Seattle, found their college students who came here were likely to increase their drinking to sometimes double their usual intake. A local study by Auckland University of Technology showed that foreign students were often amazed by how central alcohol was to social gatherings. The study, Learning Intercultural Competence, had 14 foreign students in Auckland and seven New Zealand students studying abroad keeping a daily journal of their social interaction experiences. Researcher Leo Hitchcock said: “What shocked them the most was the fact that alcohol was being given to them at parties by parents, and even teachers.”