WA drink rate link to violence
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.