At least 1 in 4 Australians over the age of 14 drinks a risky amount of
alcohol at least one a month. Does that surprise you LiveTribers? In 2010, it
was estimated that Australians consume on average 12.2 litres of alcohol per
year. It would be tough to find a social event or party in Australia that
doesn’t have some sort of alcohol available but, is that a problem? Is the
average Aussie an alcoholic? Do you think drinking is a part of our
Posted by on 17 Aug 2020
Yes bunch of piss heads, I gave up alcohol 20 years ago , best thing I ever did,
I have good health and sharp mind, and best of all a healthy liver and I don't
have to feel like I need to be someone else. Alcohol is the most dangerous drug
on the planet with long term effects and inciting so much violence and causes
car crashes, the list goes on. It is basically a poison to the body (and brain),
I avoid it at all cost now, seen too many lives destroyed.
Yes Aussies do have an issue with alcohol. Having worked in this arena. It was
mind boggling to see how often we had to put a stop to more drinks. The
agression the picks with men ordering single shots but trying to buy triples for
their female companions. As if that was going to happen on my watch. Young
people load up big time to save money then go out already tanked. One of my
staff died from alcoholic overkill he was 21. What a waste. The glorified and
sordid side of working in an alcohol and gambling environment. Young sailors
coming into gambling places getting done and dusted. I used to leave places of
interest lists on the bar as an alternative to getting drunk and broke. Duty of
care was a priority in my bar, proud to say. Once a mother always a mother. I
especially enjoyed the orders of opal nera as if we didnt know the the alcoholic
content. Nothing got by this OLD duck. In fact 3 months after i sent one young
yank sailor back to ship to place his winnings in the safe.. i got a message
from his mother thanking me for taking care of her boy. So bar peeps take good
care and protect.
I know as a teacher that children see and accept drinking as the norm. When do
drugs and alcohol children tell us that dad drinks beer mum and nanna drinks
wine. Because it is socially acceptable in todays society it is a yes that it
is on the increase.
The problem with alcohol is it's advertised everywhere , it's hard to hide from
, on billboards , tv , internet , newspapers , sporting venues , sporting
jerseys and wherever one goes whether it be a theatre , fete , ag. shows ,
I don't think that all the " In your face " advertising is affecting our
drinking habits , but changing our drinking preferences eg. Bourbon&Coke is
replaced by Bundy&Coke , Summer wine/coolers to premixed spirits , which is
higher in alcohol . I don't blame the producers as they try to appease the
market as each generation evolves . As far as raising taxes , i don't believe
many people are aware of the taxes placed on alcohol , apart from duties ,
tariffs , there is WET tax ie. Wine Equalisation Tax , which replaces the old
sales tax . I have read that alcohol consumption has declined in the last few
years . But on the other hand depression has increased and a supposedly quick
fix is to drink !
I think most people are responsible drinkers and it's unaustralian to go to a
dry barbie . And anyone that is concerned about their drinking or the amount
consumed ,you must look at why ? What are you trying to hide or run away from ,
once this is established talk to a psychologist , i did , because i went through
a nervous breakdown and depression and my saviour was alcohol or so i thought .
It ain't . You see i am an alcoholic and have liver cirrhosis and unless i get a
transplant in the next couple of years , i'll be gone ! THINK
Australians have a drinking culture. Most of young generation have a problem
with alcohol.This problem will increase during this Corona Virus pandemic as
people have lots of free time in their hand. Sales volume and Sales dollars for
Alcohol retailers have gone up confirming during the pandemic alcohol
consumption have risen.During the other side of Pandemic people will have 4
outcomes, 1 Will come out as Hunk or good looking 2 Come out as drunk 3 To come
out as a monk 4 Chunk eating all takeaway food. It looks like we come out as
Many Aussies might be alcohol dependant. We are a nation of steady drinkers. It
has been part of our Anglo/ Celtic culture but slowly we are reducing our
overall intake. Like smoking, Alcohol sales , advertising and production need
more commonsense laws and an ongoing harm reduction and education
campaign.....paid for by the manufacturers. We can't go down the prohibition
track ......you can't stop humans from making alcohol out of most fruits and or
vegetables....we've been doing it for thousands of years!!
Yes, we do have a problem! A perfect example. :- I was at a function recently &
asked a young woman if she would care to dance? Her reply:- She would love to,
but couldn't possibly until she'd had a few drinks. it would seem as
Australians we have a problem functioning socially unless we have a few drinks.
No, drinking does not make you an alcoholic. It is a disease and only a
percentage would be diagnosed as one. Do Aussies drink too much - Maybe some do
but I think this can be said for UK, USA, and other European countries as well.
I only know a few people who over indulge but mostly those I know might have
one when they eat out at a restaurant etc. Not daily. Of course at social
events you will find alcohol unless you have a cultural reason not to. I also
think the drink don't drive ads have helped a huge amount to stop people drink
driving but you still get the fools who do but I think now the problem would be
more drug driving and sometimes both together.
As for being part of our culture, possibly as we are a social bunch. Moderation
is fine and most people I think stick by that moto.
Now the wowsers have selected alcohol as the next thing to try to stop
Compared to many countries Australians don't drink that much and there is
nothing wrong with drinking in moderation. Of course there will always be
problem drinkers but one wowser proposal is to increase taxes on alcohol which
only forces people to drink lower/cheaper drinks. A few drinks with a meal or
BBQ is one of the few things we have left to us to relax and enjoy life with
family and friends.
Have to agree with you. Minorities have such a loud voice on what the rest of
us should be doing. There is a problem with some people drinking too much I
agree with that but I feel drugs are much more of a problem these days. The
answer always seems to be raise the cost/taxes and this will stop them. Might
have worked a bit with legal smoking but with alcohol I doubt it will have any
affect as they will just go without something else as many smokers do and this
is more detrimental to their families.
Moderation is fine and I am sure most people in the rule making business enjoy a
nice glass of wine on the taxpayers which is something most of us cannot afford.