Stricter regulations around when alcohol can be sold, combined with increased prices are having the desired effect in Australia - with drinking rates on the fall, and awareness around what constitutes as alcohol abuse on the increase.
Research by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the levels of alcohol consumed by citizens in the country have dropped. In 2009 the average Aussie drank 10.3 litres of pure alcohol each year - but this has since dropped to 9.7 litres. As well as this the study shows that almost ¾ of teenagers in Australia haven’t drank an alcoholic beverage in their life - a figure which has dropped by 64% since 2010.
In order to try and combat the drinking culture in the country - and the related issues this brings with it - the government increased taxes on alcohol, as well as introducing a minimum pricing policy. This - according to the AIHW - has been a hugely effective way in which to reduce the figures.
Despite the success however alcohol remains the biggest drug issue in the country, with over 18% of young people saying that they drink high levels of alcohol monthly.
The survey also revealed an age related difference in attitudes, whereby older adults are more likely to realise that they have a problem than young people. Overall the number of individuals seeking help for alcohol abuse has risen by 30% in the last decade - with half of those being between the ages of 40 and 49.
Alcohol abuse has long been an issue in Australia, with an estimated 15 deaths a day linked to its consumption. The country finally looks to be winning the battle against it, however, thanks to clever legislation to make it less easily available.
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