Thursday, 18 December 2008

Australians support tough stance on alcohol

A new report released today show Australians support a tough stance on alcohol.

The report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that when it comes to drugs, Australians are most concerned about alcohol.

Half of all recent drinkers say they have curbed their alcohol consumption, mostly for health reasons.

The report shows a decline in the number of smokers, and even those who continue to smoke, are cutting back.

Marijuana and meth-amphetamine use is also down, but the use of cocaine and tranquillisers for non-medical reasons has increased.

Most Australians say they support policies which aim to reduce alcohol.


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Alcohol-related hospital visits rise
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Brumby confronts booze culture on streets
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Message on a bottle for binge drinkers
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Alliance tackles drunken violence
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Binge drinking teens: 'two deaths a week'
South Australia's Drug and Alcohol Service says there are about two deaths a week in Australia involving young people who have been binge-drinking.

Calls for binge warnings on alcohol packaging

The Public Health Association (PHA) says warnings about the dangers of binge drinking should be pasted on all forms of packaged alcoholic drinks.

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