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The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) have recently released their Annual Alcohol Poll for 2017. The poll provides valuable trend data and insights into community perspectives on alcohol.
Some highlights from the poll results include:
- wine remains the country’s alcoholic drink of choice (29%), beating out regular strength beer (21%)
- the proportion of Australians who drink to get drunk increased to 44 per cent (up from 37% in 2016 and 34% in 2015)
- one third of Australians (35%) indicated they have been affected by alcohol-related violence (up from 29% in 2016), with 48 per cent of these indicating they have been affected by alcohol-related violence in the last 12 months
- one in five (21%) parents with a child under 18 reported that their child has been harmed or put at risk of harm due to someone else’s drinking (consistent with 23% in 2016)
- almost eight in ten (78%) of respondents believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking, and a growing majority (81%) think more should be done to reduce alcohol harm
Know your standards
Each year the Annual Alcohol Poll surveys respondents about their knowledge of standard drinks and the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (the Guidelines). More than half (58%) of Australian adults indicate that they are aware of the the Guidelines, an increase from 53% in 2016 and on par with 2015 figures.
However, the poll also found that:
- of the people who indicated an awareness of the Guidelines, 38% correctly estimated that the recommended number of standard drinks a person can consume to minimise the long-term risk of alcohol-related harm is two in one day. More than one third of Australians (37%) made incorrect estimates and 25% do not know. The proportion of Australians who made incorrect estimates increased in 2017 (up from 30% in 2016)
- of the people who had some awareness of the Guidelines, only 7% know that the maximum number of standard drinks a person can have in one sitting to minimise short-term risks is four. The majority (65%) of people made incorrect estimates and 28% do not know. The proportion of Australians who made incorrect estimates increased in 2017 (up from 58% in 2016).
To view the report in full, visit the FARE website.
You can also read more information about alcohol, including the Guidelines and standard drinks in the alcohol section of the Drug Info website.