Close on the heels of Scotland being declared a heavy drinking nation, Australia opens up on its own concern over alcohol consumption. A study undertaken by La Trobe University, shows staggering results of the country’s alcohol consumption statistics. This has pushed the government to have a relook at the laws built around drinking.
The study examined the drinking pattern among average Australians and related behavior and influence on business and vice versa. Cheap alcohol like beer and cask wine are among the most consumed and popular drinks among the people. The heaviest drinkers are found in rural settings and regions that outskirt the mainland. This heavy drinking populace constitute 10 % of the total, yet consume more than 50 % of all alcohol expended.
Their intake is noticeably above the NMHRC’s cap on drinking guideline, which calls for an alarm and an organized intervention.
Alcohol related violence thence, have been on a rise in Australia, abuse, injuries and rows, more common than ever before. This is also attributed to the existence of alcohol supply chains and availability of packaged liquor, which occupies a lucrative 80 percent of all alcohol sales in the country.
The industry’s peak does not translate to the wellbeing of the consumers. The government is introducing reforms to address this; A floor price to regulate buying and consuming alcohol. According to the report, cheap alcohol accessibility is directly related to harm and increasing instances of violence that are reported in rural regions.
La Trobe’s Centre for Alcohol Policy and Research (CAPR) undertook this study, which involved examination of more than a decade’s records. It was funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).