News

Heavy boozers slurping it up

HEAVY Australian drinkers account for almost 75% of all alcohol consumed across the country. Contributed.
HEAVY Australian drinkers account for almost 75% of all alcohol consumed across the country. Contributed. Declan Cooley

HEAVY Australian drinkers account for almost 75% of all alcohol consumed across the country and nearly four million of us are risky drinkers.

Out of the heavy drinkers, men are downing 24 litres of pure alcohol while women heavy drinkers are taking in 12 litres per year, according to a report prepared by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

3.8 million of us are averaging more than four standard drinks of alcohol a day which is twice the recommended health guidelines.

The report found that if heavy drinkers reduced their consumption to within the guidelines at two standard drinks a day, then the total consumption of alcohol would decrease by 38 million litres of pure alcohol a year.

FARE Chief Executive Michael Thorn said it was obvious the alcohol industry was targeting heavy drinkers.

"The alcohol industry markets this vague, undefined and unhelpful concept of 'responsible drinking' while all but ignoring the existence of the Australian drinking guidelines," Mr Thorn said.

"There are a lot of mythologies around the Australian drinking culture and the alcohol industry would have it that most Australians are moderate drinkers.

"The point is the moderate drinkers are drinking hardly anything while nearly four million Australians are drinking way above what health experts recommend," he said.

He said it made sense the alcohol industry were targeting heavy drinkers or "super consumers" when only 20% of drinkers consumed 75% of all alcohol purchased in Australia.

Mr Thorn hoped the Queensland Government would implement changes to increase the price of alcohol, curb advertising targeted at young people and introduce last drinks, lockout laws and 10pm bottle shop closures. 

Topics:  alcohol alcohol abuse australia



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

'Long-term confidence': $21b mine to bring jobs for decades

Adani's proposed coal mine in CQ is gathering steam. Photo Stefan Jannides AAP

ADANI'S INVESTMENT in technology shows long-term importance of coal.

Gladstone Hospital no-shows cost a whopping $630K

RESOURCES WASTED: Stuart Orr.

MORE THAN 3000 Gladstone appointment no-shows cost $630,000.

Plan for Curtis Island national park

NEW PARK? The Department is asking if locals if they should make large swathes of Curtis Island a National Park, or not.

NEW REPORT proposes tighter grip on Curtis Island.

Local Partners

Sia, Keith Urban top Aussie Grammy nominations

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards

Beyonce dominates with nine nods for 2017 Grammy Awards

Exciting move to bring life back to Gladstone CBD life

BUSKERS GET GREENLIGHT: Local musician Nathan Bedford welcomed the council's decision to allow buskers to perform on Gladstone streets.

GLADSTONE'S CBD will be given a kick start ahead of the holidays.

Hailey Baldwin: I don't understand Taylor Swift's squad

Hailey Baldwin has taken a quick stab at Taylor Swift and co.

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Seven Gladstone homes selling right now leave experts shocked

PROPERTY GURUS pick seven properties that show market has hit bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!