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
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.
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.
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
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
Of course it can also bring out affection but that is short lived in my
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I like a glass if wine or gin and tonic now and then, maybe one a week or more.
Its pleasant and relaxing.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.