WA drink rate link to vi­o­lence

Pilbara News - - News - Cathy O’Leary

WA has Aus­tralia’s high­est rate of drinkers — and more of them have in­creased their al­co­hol con­sump­tion in the past year com­pared with drinkers in other States.

A Galaxy Re­search sur­vey of more than 1800 adults com­mis­sioned by the Foun­da­tion for Al­co­hol Re­search and Education found that 81 per cent of those polled in WA were drinkers, com­pared with 77 per cent na­tion­ally.

West Aus­tralians were the sec­ond most likely af­ter Vic­to­ri­ans to con­sume six or more drinks on a typ­i­cal oc­ca­sion.

One in five of those polled in WA said they had in­creased their con­sump­tion in the past 12 months, but al­most 70 per cent said they were com­fort­able with how much they drank.

WA drinkers also re­ported the most ex­pe­ri­ence of al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lence — 42 per cent com­pared with the na­tional av­er­age of 35 per cent.

How­ever, they had the high­est aware­ness of safe-drink­ing guide­lines, in­clud­ing ad­vice to preg­nant women not to drink.

FARE chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Thorn said the poll, now in its eighth year, asked for the first time if Aus­tralians be­lieved al­co­hol was linked to fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, with 92 per cent agree­ing.

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