July 16, 2019
Can you believe it’s already July! Many Australians, well actually more than 36,000 Australians, chose to abstain from drinking alcohol throughout July in 2018 to raise funds for cancer support services. This month we will be taking the opportunity to talk about grog, booze, plonk, or whatever you may call alcohol.
Alcohol is embedded in our everyday culture. From getting wasted as a rite of passage as an 18-year-old, to Friday knock offs and Sunday sessions; alcohol is served in many social and recreational situations.
Some quick facts
- Approximately 41% of the population (aged 14 years and over) drink alcohol at least once per week, including 6% of the population who drink daily.
- 23% of Australians do not drink alcohol at all.
- Australian households spent an average of AU$31.95 per week on alcoholic beverages in 2015-16.
- After tobacco, alcohol is the second leading preventable cause of death and hospitalisation in Australia.
- Of the 70,000 hospital separations due to alcohol-caused diseases in 2016-17, the majority of separations (82 per cent) were due to mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol.
How to reduce your risk of alcohol side effects
The Australian Guide for Alcohol Consumption recommends:
- For men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime.
- Drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising form that occasion.
Benefits of giving up for Dry July
See more at dryjuly.com
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (2017). Household Expenditure Survey 2015-16.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 2010 Mortality Data (ABS secondary analysis, 2013).
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2018)
The Workplace Wellbeing information and resources are provided as part of the Water Industry Alliance's Healthy Workplace Awareness in the Water Industry project. This prioject is funded by SA Health in partnership with Business SA and the Water Industry Alliance.