Locals hold their booze
CANNING residents have the lowest rates of risky alcohol consumption in the state, according to a new report.
Australia’s Health Tracker by Area Alcohol Report from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute found Perth’s wealthy western suburbs are home to Australia’s heaviest drinkers, with almost one third of people in Mosman Park, Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Fremantle likely to be drinking at risky levels, well above the national rate of 17 per cent.
Canning was the area with the lowest drinking rate in WA at 15.7 per cent, while the Town of Victoria Park was at 17 per cent.
The City of Belmont and City of South Perth were slightly above the national average at 18 per cent.
Mitchell Institute’s Professor Rosemary Calder said the report found that lower socioeconomic communities with high migrant populations had the lowest rates of risky drinking.
“This suggests that a culture of drinking plays the biggest factor in risky drinking rates, and alcohol prices are also influencing drinking patterns,” Prof Calder said.
Risky drinking rates exceed on average two standard drinks a day.
This month, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released newly revised guidelines on alcohol consumption recommending people drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week to reduce the health risks from alcohol.
Previous guidelines suggested no more than two standard drinks on any day or 14 per week.
Chief executive Anne Kelso said the guidelines had been developed over the past three years using the best health evidence available.
“We’re not telling Australians how much to drink,” she said.
“We’re providing advice about the health risks from drinking alcohol so that we can all make informed decisions.”