How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?


On average Aussies drink around 2.7 alcoholic drinks per day or close to 10 litres per year. While that doesn’t mean all Aussies have a problem with alcohol, we are among some of the biggest alcohol consumers in the world. How much alcohol do you drink LiveTribers? How much is “too much?”. Is close to 3 standard drinks per day a lot?

Posted by on 16 Dec 2020

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    hOPI

    I drink about 3 or4 drinks a day. For me this is not too much for each day. Others have said that i drink too much, that is up to them.

    Posted by hOPI on 23 Jan 2021

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    Michelle

    I drink 5 standard drinks a month if not less. Drinking everyday is too much!.

    Posted by Michelle on 23 Jan 2021

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    Nella

    Coming from a non drinking family, 3 drinks per day would appear too much, however if your upbringing with drinking daily was the norm then I would say no its not too much. Depends on the individual and their upbringing.

    Posted by Nella on 22 Jan 2021

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    Rajesh

    3 drinks per week is reasonably fine

    Posted by Rajesh on 22 Jan 2021

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    Paul

    A less than one drink a day average is healthier because there should always be recovery days to filter the poison from the body.

    Posted by Paul on 21 Jan 2021

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    Paul

    I grew up in an almost alcohol free environment. Dabbling in alcohol brings some relaxation and fun but not as a habit for me. Sometimes it makes me more reserved. I think Frank Zappa had a point when he said that alcohol consumption like with other drugs is just an excuse to become rude and insensitive to friends and strangers. Of course it can also bring out affection but that is short lived in my experience.

    Posted by Paul on 21 Jan 2021

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    jaine

    I think that if you are out you should have only two alcohol drinks But at home you can have as mush as you like as this doesn't harm anybody else only themselves

    Posted by jaine on 21 Jan 2021

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    John

    In moderation is key.Also enjoy drinks alot

    Posted by John on 20 Jan 2021

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    Alison

    I think 1-2 drinks every other day is ok

    Posted by Alison on 20 Jan 2021

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    Chiquita49

    I have about 1 glass of wine per month and that is a small glass.

    Posted by Chiquita49 on 20 Jan 2021

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    Leanne

    A wine with dinner or a special occasion is best for me

    Posted by Leanne on 19 Jan 2021

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    pinkf

    I only drink on special occasions getting my self totally stoopur dosent interest me

    Posted by pinkf on 19 Jan 2021

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    Crystal

    A couple drinks a week is okay

    Posted by Crystal on 19 Jan 2021

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    Sagar

    I have stopped drinking. Have only in parties or get together that too one or two

    Posted by Sagar on 18 Jan 2021

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    Writer Steven

    I gave up drinking over 10 years ago, but if people want to drink, so long as they take responsibility for their actions under the influence, we should stop being such a nanny state and let them drink. And in this world of hatred and divisiveness, don't pick on people just for drinking.

    Posted by Writer Steven on 18 Jan 2021

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    Brendan

    Alcoholism is a disease, ones too many and two is not enough

    Posted by Brendan on 18 Jan 2021

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    Nicole

    I think a daily 3 drinks or maybe just a night 'cap' can be a very pleasant thing.

    Posted by Nicole on 18 Jan 2021

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    Frank

    Average 1 drink a week.

    Posted by Frank on 17 Jan 2021

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    Pratto

    I used to drink and smoke , but now I am zero alchohol and a non smoker , as my health is more important to me than anything .and I have watched my family members suffer a slow and agonising death from both and it also puts a lot of stress on the family members that don't drink and smoke as we end up having to take care of the ones that do . Just watching all the alchohol related violence and murder on the news should be a sure sign how bad alchohol really is !! It is a drug and very dangerous and addictive and destructive . Zero is the best amount in my books.

    Posted by Pratto on 17 Jan 2021

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    jvanes

    I agree with RainbowSea that any alcohol is too much as I have seen firsthand how devastating alcohol addiction can be. My only brother and my best friend both died prematurely from alcoholism and the attendant effects of malnutrition and dementia. Both were highly skilled people but alcohol slowly and insidiously destroyed their lives and they lost all their friends and both died lonely and sordid deaths. A lot of violent crimes are also due to people losing control when affected by alcohol. I have not had any alcohol for 45 years and am better for it.

    Posted by jvanes on 17 Jan 2021

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    RainbowSea

    Any alcohol is too much.. Why do people need to drink this poison. You are only keeping the big companies in business and ruining your own health in the process. I used to drink socially once but now because of meds, I don't drink any alcohol at all. I don't miss it and I'm saving a lot of money in the process. If you feel you need alcohol to have a good time you need to sit down and take a good look at yourself and figure out why you need alcohol at all. It's an unnecessary expense like tobacco. STOP DRINKING AND ENJOY LIFE AS IT STANDS. You will be pleasantly surprised.

    Posted by RainbowSea on 17 Jan 2021

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    flowerpot

    I am a celebration drinker, I have 2 standard drinks of wine or champagne, for a Wedding or an Anniversary, I think I am silly enough without having any more than 2 standard drinks. I think there is too much Alcohol consumed in society and is doing harm to families.

    Posted by flowerpot on 16 Jan 2021

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    caperteewaratah

    Not exceeding for females 1 standard drink and males 2 standard drinks per day is the recommended levels for healthy habits. There is talk now that this amount could be lowered. Australians drink too lunch alcohol, which is evident by the number of people who think getting drunk is what you do for entertainment, how much money is spent on alcohol, levels of violence secondary to alcohol, sickness, accidents and deaths on roads. Then there are other injuries and damage to property caused by drunk people, including unwanted inappropriate sexual encounters and rape associated with drunkenness. This is not without the reports of emotional damage and neglect of family members due to the alcohol being more important than anything else. I like a glass if wine or gin and tonic now and then, maybe one a week or more. Its pleasant and relaxing.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 15 Jan 2021

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    rickyb595

    I used to drink beer and spirit a lot for 50 years, now I have liver disease and don't drink anymore, I only drink 00 alcohol beer to be sociable.

    Posted by rickyb595 on 14 Jan 2021

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    DDTT

    I have never drunk alcohol as I have a chronic medical condition that I have to take basically lifesaving medication for. At 16 when I was diagnosed one of the first things I was told was no alcohol. He then said to my Mum no alcohol at all - including. I have to confess I have had a sip of some on 2 occasions and it was not a wise decision. I don't mind people drinking in moderation provided they don't get violent or argumentative. Unfortunately I have witnessed both situations. I tend to avoid large parties and concerts and that is the main reason.

    Posted by DDTT on 11 Jan 2021

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    Michael

    I was a grog monster for a long time,30+ years and feel it now but hey,still drink when I want one if I don't I dont simple as that just like eating your favorite food

    Posted by Michael on 10 Jan 2021

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    DJC

    I think that you shouldn't drink every day. One or two days a week is plenty and you should not drink that much that you feel drunk.

    Posted by DJC on 09 Jan 2021

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    Eileen

    You have had too much alcohol when the "good sort" you went to bed with looks nothing like that in the morning. You probably look like a toad yourself too.

    Posted by Eileen on 09 Jan 2021

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    Kilrust

    If I had 1-2 drinks a month I would be lucky

    Posted by Kilrust on 08 Jan 2021

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    June

    I use to drink alcohol but gave it up 9 years ago for my health

    Posted by June on 08 Jan 2021

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    Greg

    You must balance your CAT days (consume alcohol today) with your DOG days (day off grog) to keep a balance!

    Posted by Greg on 07 Jan 2021

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    Moviebuff63

    LOL... never heard these terms before, but I reckon that's brilliant! Pinching!

    Posted by Moviebuff63 on 13 Jan 2021

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    turtle38

    I abused alcohol at the start and now I have been sober nearly 23 years.

    Posted by turtle38 on 07 Jan 2021

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    Aussie5

    That is good news turtle38. I am proud of you.

    Posted by Aussie5 on 07 Jan 2021

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    oakie

    I think its a individual thing...no matter how many times they say whats good or bad for you.

    Posted by oakie on 07 Jan 2021

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    musicveg

    Too much. You need days without for your liver to have a rest. I gave up alcohol 20 years ago, so glad I did. It is a depressant and ruins your health.It causes so my death and destruction in society, and fuels domestic abuse etc. It contributes to cancer and heart disease and many other health issues. Every time you feel tipsy your liver is trying to cope with the toxins. I am glad that there are younger people waking up and giving up or not even starting. There are even non alcohol drinking bars now, wish they were around when I was young. Instead we had to put up with slurring drunk people fighting, being stupid and using it as an excuse to do anything. I no longer go out to pubs etc because it bores me to tears to listen to drunk talk.Cannot even stand the smell anymore either.

    Posted by musicveg on 06 Jan 2021

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    Melissa

    I really don’t drink a lot. I think perhaps I might have two to three drink on either Friday or Saturday. Perhaps a couple more if I’m out. Never during the week. I definitely think I’m an exception to the rule but honestly... I’ve got a lot to do lol no time to be tipsy.

    Posted by Melissa on 05 Jan 2021

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    Debsy

    Ideally, 4 days per week alcohol free is great. Then 3 to 4 drinks is ok over the weekend

    Posted by Debsy on 05 Jan 2021

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    David

    That depends on where you are and what you are hoping to do! Driving, walking, eating a meal, before the meal, after the meal. More details are needed for such a complex issue.

    Posted by David on 05 Jan 2021

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    Sheryl28

    3 standard drinks per day is too much - we all know that. But 2020 was hard for everyone and I did read ETOH consumption had increased. It’s legal - it can be advertised - it is acceptable - people look at you weird if you say you don’t drink

    Posted by Sheryl28 on 04 Jan 2021

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    musicveg

    Really? I don't drink and never noticed anyone looking at me weird. But then I don't go to pubs etc anymore.

    Posted by musicveg on 06 Jan 2021

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    mooo

    During these trying times I understand that some people need it

    Posted by mooo on 04 Jan 2021

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    Aussie5

    If people "need" alcohol because of trying times, then they are already starting a downward spiral.

    Posted by Aussie5 on 07 Jan 2021

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    Noels1968

    I was taught one's too many and 100's not enough (AA)

    Posted by Noels1968 on 04 Jan 2021

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    Ralph

    A couple of drinks per day as long as you take days without any alcohol.

    Posted by Ralph on 04 Jan 2021

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    HSL

    A bottle a day keeps the doctor away

    Posted by HSL on 04 Jan 2021

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    Aussie5

    I have been a teetotaller all of my life and have never missed having alcohol. I like being in control of myself and have seen too many friends who don't realise that they have had too much alcohol and who are acting really stupidly. Three standard drinks per day sounds like a lot to me. If you need this amount of alcohol every day, I think perhaps you have a drinking problem. An occasional drink with a meal is fine, but many people definitely overdo it. There are also a number of functioning alcoholics around, who will not admit that they have a problem, just because they seem (in their mind) to be able to act normally at work, etc. I think that too many people also use alcohol as an anti-depressant. It is so sad to see lovely young people so drunk that they can hardly stand up and they think that this is normal. Perhaps if someone took a video of them and showed them how stupidly they are behaving whilst drunk, they might think twice about overdoing their drinking.

    Posted by Aussie5 on 04 Jan 2021

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    Sheryl28

    Perhaps if it wasn’t so socially acceptable - I totally agree with you about people using it like an anti depressant when it is actually a depressant. Alcohol is always advertised as the only way to have a good time

    Posted by Sheryl28 on 04 Jan 2021

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    Ronnie

    I think it is upto the individual, I usually have 8 or so beers a day but I could go without if I wanted too, I don't drive after drinking and i never miss a day of work because of it.

    Posted by Ronnie on 01 Jan 2021

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    musicveg

    If you drink every day then you would still have alcohol in your system when you drive to work in the morning.

    Posted by musicveg on 06 Jan 2021

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    Lyssy

    Age has made me a very light drinker. In my younger days I could down 3 or 4 drinks with no effect...now one drink can make me feel blurgh the next day. so once a week or less

    Posted by Lyssy on 31 Dec 2020

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    John

    In good moderation about a case every 1-2 days

    Posted by John on 31 Dec 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    What do you classify as moderation? If a case has 24 cans or bottles that is >3 standard drinks per day. Are you on the right track, there thinking this is ok? it will least diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Why do you need a drink every day?

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 16 Jan 2021

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    Margaret

    2 standard drinks is sufficient per day. Anything over could be harmful Stephen

    Posted by Margaret on 29 Dec 2020

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    Mustang6000

    I must not be average, having watched a close friends descent into alcoholism some years ago, I seriously reduced my consumption to the point that one or two glasses of a good red wine a week is about it, mayne also an occasional good single malt scotch on ice for medical treasons.One big advantages of reducing drinking alcohol, apart from the health benefits, is that I can afford quality over price.

    Posted by Mustang6000 on 29 Dec 2020

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    Carmel

    My sentiments exactly..I now drink for taste not emotional release. Nothing tastes like an aged wine or port or good single malt whiskey. One is enough to satisfy the senses instead of dulling them. I keep a good selection but don't overindulge just savour and enjoy.

    Posted by Carmel on 03 Jan 2021

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    Who? Me?

    Well someone is certainly drinking my share as I don't drink and I know a lot of others who are teetollers. There must be some people out there with a real drinking problem or these figures are just pure fiction.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 28 Dec 2020

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    soot

    As someone who used to work in public health and health promotion before I retired, I believe we definitely as a nation drink too much. I think younger people may drink less than the amounts my generation consumed when we were in our twenties, but women especially seem to be drinking more - it seems the pressure of raising a family, and working as well as our material needs seems to place a lot of pressure that is the main cause of women drinking more. I was so disappointed when in Paris a few years ago, when we could hear (before we saw) a bunch of young lads making lots of noise and so-called singing, and obviously had been drinking. It was clear they were Aussies - I felt so ashamed. It seems that drinking to excess is seen as 'funny' and the 'blokey' thing to do, and is accepted as the Aussie thing to do. I think we should be working harder to change this attitude. I love a glass of wine with a meal, and certainly had my days of drinking too much when I was younger, but now limit myself to one or two days a week, and then 2 glasses at most. I am very aware as I get older of my heatlh and have seen how drinking can be the catalyst for many health issues. So yes, the government does benefit from taxing alcohol, but alcohol is a significant issue when it comes to heart health, diabetes and other major diseases - we all pay for those treated in public hospitals. Unfortunately the drinking patterns we established when we are young often last a lifetime, and that lifetime is often shorter and less healthy & enjoyable as a result of those choices. It would be much better for all if we could enjoy alchohol for the taste and drink in moderation.

    Posted by soot on 28 Dec 2020

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    Kilrust

    We go to Bali often and are often embarrassed by the actions of young Australians and at times by older Australians who seem to think that being in a foreign country gives them the right to drink all day/night, treat the locals badly and think the attention should be all about them

    Posted by Kilrust on 08 Jan 2021

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    Analisa

    I don't know but I love it.heaps ,it's one of the the most lovely things in I've tried.

    Posted by Analisa on 27 Dec 2020

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    THE GRUMP

    How much really is too much - In some cases a mere sip can be too much. Each person must know and be personally responsible for their own actions - at least enough to stay within their own limits and not rely on others to control them and/or take the blame for allowing them to abuse alcohol. It appears that Australia is becoming the type of place where "everybody else is responsible for my actions"

    Posted by THE GRUMP on 23 Dec 2020

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    DJB-1959

    Both I and my partner will usually have a more expensive brand drink most Friday nights at home to wind up the week and if we go out for dinner a glass of wine so I guess we are not part of the 'Great Drinking Nation' I cannot remember the last time I was drunk or very merry but we do have an extensive bar with many option so if we feel like something different to drink then it is available - this surprizes our guests as they can have a choice of something they may have not seen - which we are gald to share.

    Posted by DJB-1959 on 23 Dec 2020

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    robert

    I guess there are varying degrees to how much is too much , a 200ml glass of wine is one drink - not much , but there are other gauges if people are concerned with alcohol intake . A big problem is that alcohol is available just about anywhere , cinema's , fete's , charity events , sporting events , live theatre and most tourist attractions . Drinking everyday after work , seemed to be a pastime in the days gone by . But there's more of a serious problem , when you can't go by with an AFD Alcohol Free Day , the bottle you opened must be totally consumed , making excuses for a celebration eg. First Tuesday of the month ! Most of us over indulge at Christmas , Birthdays , but the key is when to stop . The government makes a song and dance about drinking in moderation and places excises , duties and WET tax , as a hip pocket deterrent , the same with cigarettes , But it's a double edged sword , the authorities try to be seen doing something , but the income earned for the State and Federal governments is massive . Only you as an individual can come to a conclusion , if you can't go by for one day without a drink , stop and think , why am i doing this ? To be sociable ? not when you drink by yourself , or a kickstart to start the day , instead of a Latte in the morning , it's a quick swig . Yes we drink too much , but i don't know the ultimate solution !

    Posted by robert on 21 Dec 2020

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    Melissa

    I think that depends on each individual. Some people can handle their booze better than others. It depends on over how long they take to drink each one, what they've eaten. ??

    Posted by Melissa on 20 Dec 2020

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    Raindogred

    I used to drink a lot, moved overseas. Found out i was social drinker. The country moved to was not an alcohol drinking country generally. Was good to know i was just as happy socialising with a softdrink than a beer. Australias drinking culture i now find boring. My health is better, i dropped weight, don’t get rosacea. I can take it or leave it these days. A couple of drinks with mates is great..but I’m happy to leave it there and switch to waters.

    Posted by Raindogred on 19 Dec 2020

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    flower lover

    Anything over 0.5 is too much as then the temptation for driving is there

    Posted by flower lover on 18 Dec 2020

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    Ulysses

    The temptation to drive might be there for you. Not for everyone though, I won't drive even after one drink, nor am I tempted to.

    Posted by Ulysses on 24 Dec 2020

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    lisa651

    I don't drink a lot myself - usually no more than 1 or 2 drinks a week, and only when something social is happening. I do think more people are drinking in excess, which is a worrying trend - especially with young people. I think anything over 5 drinks per day is need for concern.

    Posted by lisa651 on 17 Dec 2020

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    dlrmatrix

    Only drink socially and a couple of drinks normally :-)

    Posted by dlrmatrix on 17 Dec 2020

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    Winston

    I don't drink but I think a couple of drinks per week would be alright

    Posted by Winston on 17 Dec 2020

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    Kaz-za

    3 drinks a day, every day of the week, would probably be starting to have negative affects on your body. I think provided people are having more alcohol free days in a week than days drinking alcohol, it would probably be OK.

    Posted by Kaz-za on 17 Dec 2020

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    Who? Me?

    I wonder where they get these statistics from as this would indicate there are people out there drinking a lot more than that because a lot of people don't consume alcohol at all and there would be just as many like myself who only have one or two drinks of alcohol a month and then some months, nothing at all.

    Posted by Who? Me? on 08 Jan 2021

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    neenie

    I generally have 1 standard drink of wine a night - so only 100mls. But it's easy to get to that 3 standards if we go out for dinner - 2 glasses of wine at the pub = 3 standard drinks... Do we have a problem? Hard to say, it's really up to the individual to decide how much they can/want to drink. I think it's the attitude that we "need" alcohol to celebrate, to mourn, to forget, to wind down, to have a good time etc...that needs to change.

    Posted by neenie on 17 Dec 2020

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    HappyShopper

    That sounds a lot, but it is not a very useful statistic - it is probably just chosen to generate a headline to get the study published and get funding for the next study. It would be more interesting to see how many drinks MOST people have. The figures may be skewed by the smaller numbers of people of drinking age that have no drinks, or have an awful lot of drinks.

    Posted by HappyShopper on 17 Dec 2020

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    tutti_cutie

    2.7 drinks daily seems like alot to me. I'd drink that much in one night sometimes, but definitely not everyday of the week. I'd say you have a problem if you did

    Posted by tutti_cutie on 17 Dec 2020

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    Karen

    I enjoy a couple of glasses of wine most days but I often have 1/4 glass wine with mineral water making spritzers which is more refreshing and less alcohol.

    Posted by Karen on 17 Dec 2020

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    Karen

    I do not drink that often, so when you say 3 standard drinks a day, that sounds like a lot to me.

    Posted by Karen on 17 Dec 2020

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    Dusk2dawn

    Since having 3/4 of my stomach removed, I get plastered on one-two drinks. I was never a "drinker" I don't like the feeling of being drunk. I think if you have to have a drink everyday, then there is a definite problem, no matter how small. It seems to be a way of life in Australia, not something to be proud of.

    Posted by Dusk2dawn on 17 Dec 2020

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    Lexus

    I think any time you’re having something like alcohol every day, regardless of whether it’s 3 standard drinks or a whole case, that’s addictive behaviour. I can make allowances for one glass of wine with dinner I believe, because for a lot of people this is a tradition and cultural thing to do. However any more than that and it becomes a crutch that’s relied upon. I was by no means an alcoholic. But I decided to go completely sober because I found I would want a drink whenever I experienced too much emotion. If I was really happy, I’d want a drink. If I was feeling down, I’d want a drink. If I was stressed, drink. I found I was using it as an escape mechanism and something I was in some ways reliant on. I’ve been feeling so much better about myself since stopping all alcohol and have been able to feel emotions without reaching for a way to escape them.

    Posted by Lexus on 17 Dec 2020

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    musicveg

    Well done, alcohol is a depressant, it might make you feel good for a short time but then you crash, it is a mood swinger and for some it swings a lot.

    Posted by musicveg on 06 Jan 2021

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    mact

    Apparently factually most research has found that there is no safe daily use of any amount of alcohol. Surely 3 standard drinks daily is 'safe' enough.!? Maybe , maybe not. I guess we'll have to be guided by the NHMRC but will the power of the brewers and distillers lobby ultimately hold sway? Hopefully commonsense will prevail.

    Posted by mact on 16 Dec 2020

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    Joyce51

    I have a glass of wine with my evening meal and I might have a drink with my husband on a Saturday night. Apart from that, who really cares? We are not a nation of drunks, just a nation of people who like a drink.

    Posted by Joyce51 on 16 Dec 2020

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