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Australia's alcohol usage in slow decline

8 August 2011 - 3:46pm

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has provided a snapshot of the country's rates of alcohol consumption.

The 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Report has shown that the percentage of people who have a drink daily has dropped to 7.2 per cent in 2010, compared to 8.1 per cent in 2007.

The number of people who have a drinking session once a month has remained relatively steady at 28.4 per cent in 2010.

Seven per cent of consumers have changed their beverage of preference, showing a notable swing away from pre-mixed drinks after the government raised the tax on alcopops in 2008.

The report has also shown that at-risk drinking only saw a minor decrease, 20.1 per cent in 2010 for a drop of only 0.2 per cent from three years prior.

AIHW spokesperson Brent Diverty says: "Around one in five people still drink at levels that puts their health at risk over their lifetime - over two standard drinks a day on average - and this proportion remains unchanged since 2007."

Reducing alcohol consumption is an excellent preventative health measure with numerous immediate and long-term benefits.

Some health insurance policies can contain benefits for consultations to assist with overcoming alcoholism.



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