More Australians hitting the bottle, survey finds. Is that possible?

on 20/04/12 at 10:55 am

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AUSTRALIA’S drinking problem seems to be getting worse rather than better, with the latest snapshot of the nation’s alcohol habits finding more people are drinking significantly more than is good for them.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of 18-24-year-olds now say they are downing at least six standard drinks in a typical night out or other drinking session – considerably more than the four-drink limit recommended by health experts to minimise the risk of short-term harms such as accidents.

But the problem is also seen in the wider community, with the report released yesterday finding 1.7 million Australians are now drinking to excess in this way – a 4 per cent increase on the figure reported in the previous year’s survey.

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