Alcohol Abuse Rates in Australia

Alcohol Abuse Rates in AustraliaAlcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is made by fermenting yeast, sugars and starches. Alcohol affects each user a little bit differently based on the user’s age, gender, race and weight, as well as the amount consumed and what it was consumed with, such as food or medications.

Alcohol abuse results in decreased health, broken relationships and impaired ability to work. Alcoholism is a disease characterized by a craving for alcohol regardless of the negative consequences that accompany alcohol consumption and the inability to control one’s drinking.

Alcohol Statistics in Australia

Rules and regulations regarding alcohol consumption differ from country to country. While in the United States the legal drinking age and the legal age to purchase alcohol is 21, in Australia the legal age is 18 years of age.

According to the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, approximately 90 percent of adults in Australia have consumed alcohol at some point in their lifetime while at least 83 percent reported that they had consumed alcohol within the past year. While these are high percentages overall, the same report found that only 8 percent of the adult population reported drinking daily, and approximately 41 percent reported weekly alcohol consumption.

As is evidenced by the high percentage of annual alcohol use, alcohol is a common and accepted part of Australian society. Alcohol plays a role in culture, religion and social settings. Because alcohol is so prevalent among Australians, there is also a high prevalence of underage drinking. According to a 2004 study by White and Hayman, approximately 90 percent of students had consumed alcohol by the age of 14.

According to the Drug and Alcohol Services of South Australia, alcohol is a contributor in 30 percent of vehicle accidents, 34 percent of falls and drowning incidents, 12 percent of suicides and 16 percent of child abuse cases. In addition, alcohol is the cause of almost 300 deaths in South Australia each year.

Alcohol Recovery Options

A variety of treatment programs are available for alcohol abuse and addiction. Inpatient and outpatient rehab programs are available. Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the most well known treatment programs for alcoholism and is available throughout Australia. Depending on the severity of your alcohol abuse or addiction, an outpatient program may be sufficient to meet your needs; however, if you have severe alcoholism, have had several failed attempts at maintaining sobriety or lack social support, an inpatient program may be the best path for you. Whether or not you choose an inpatient program or an outpatient program, you will go through similar experiences, including detox, counseling, therapy and aftercare programs such as support groups. Each of these is an essential component for attaining and maintaining long-term sobriety.

Alcohol Abuse Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to help you in any way possible. Whether you need help finding a treatment program, are struggling with whether or not to go to rehab or are worried about a loved one who may be struggling with alcoholism, we are available to listen and guide you every step of the way. Call today.

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