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Young men more likely to take risks

4 August 2011 - 12:38pm

Young men are more likely to take risks than women according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

In the 25 to 44 year age group, men account for 75 per cent of injuries such as car accidents, work injuries and other accidents.

This has been attributed to their tendency to take more risks in their everyday lives.

Other kinds of risk-taking include drinking - 10.8 per cent of men drink alcohol daily, whilst the percentage for women is half this figure.

Men are more likely to smoke than women, with tobacco-related illness rates at ten per cent in men compared to six per cent for women.

RACGP spokesperson Dr Ronald McCoy says: "The task of getting Australian men to focus on their health is not an easy one, as many men simply don't look after themselves, don't talk about their health and don't have a local doctor that they visit to discuss health concerns."

The study also noted that men take more gambles with their occupational health.

Businesses could benefit by taking steps to look after their male employees by introducing healthy choice initiatives in the workplace and offering corporate health insurance cover.