I don’t like to criticise or talk badly about things but sadly Australia (and many other countries in the world – if not most) has a binge drinking* issue. The Australian government reports that on average there are more than 180 accidents (including deaths) related to alcohol consumption every day.
Statistics prove that it is becoming a problem and it is starting to affect the pubs (which are the core of the business) around the country as they decided to change glass cups into plastic ones at night due to alcohol related violence where people are using glass as a weapon to attack another person (commonly called “glassing”).
[*Binge drinking: modern definition of drinking alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming intoxicated by heavy consumption of alcohol over a short period of time. Or alternatively, a consistent amount of alcohol over a long period of time].
I personally don’t think that the issue is getting out of hand, but I am glad that action is being taken and that it is being tackled in its early stage before it becomes even more of a problem.
The Australian government is obviously concerned and they launched a campaign called “don’t turn a night out into a nightmare”.
From the Drinking nightmare website: ‘Four australians aged under 25 die due to alcohol related injuries in an average week’.
Alcohol-related harm is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in Australia, causing around 3,000 deaths and 65,000 hospitalisations every year.8 In 2004-05, the annual cost to the Australian community of alcohol-related social problems was estimated at $15.3 billion.
After tobacco, alcohol is the second largest contributor to drug-related harm in Australia, causing harmful effects in both the short and longer term. Short term (acute harm) relates to the risk of immediate harms from alcohol such as accidents, injuries and physical harms, often associated with drinking to intoxication, whilst longer term (chronic harm) reflects the detrimental effects on the body of the prolonged use of alcohol.
Overall the main causes of alcohol-related deaths are cancer, alcoholic liver cirrhosis and road trauma, although the proportions of these vary by life stage. Younger people are more likely to die from bouts of intoxication or road trauma, while older people are more likely to die from conditions related to long-term alcohol misuse.
Alcohol has become more readily accessible over the past two decades, and harms resulting from drinking among young people have increased throughout the 1990s. For example, looking at all the harms experienced by young people 15-34 years of age, alcohol is responsible for more drug-related deaths and hospitalisations than all illicit drugs grouped together, and many more than tobacco.
Taken from the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing
Taken from Wikipedia: Substance use disorders are a major public health problem facing many countries. “The most common substance of abuse/dependence in patients presenting for treatment is alcohol.”In the United Kingdom, the number of ‘dependent drinkers’ was calculated as over 2.8 million in 2001. About 12% of American adults have had an alcohol dependence problem at some time in their life. The World Health Organization estimates that about 140 million people throughout the world suffer from alcohol dependence. In the United States and western Europe 10 to 20 percent of men and 5 to 10 percent of women at some point in their lives will meet criteria for alcoholism.. Read more in Wikipedia