Date PostedOctober 2, 2013

Research shows Aussies still Ignoring Alcohol Warnings

Despite all the attention that alcohol has been getting and in particularly the call to drink in moderation, Australian drinkers seem to be ignoring the warnings.

According to the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Aussie drinkers are still choosing to disregard the warnings about the health risks of excessive alcohol consumption. The research also shows that young men and people who drink full strength beer are the worst offenders.

Despite people making the wrong choices for themselves, Responsible Service of Alcohol staff need to ensure that they are doing their part (according to the law and morally) to help these people who are endangering their health and putting a strain on medical facilities. RSA staff can do this by serving alcohol in moderation and denying alcohol service to anyone who is unduly intoxicated.

According to researchers half of all drinkers consume more than the recommended daily amount despite warnings from health experts. One in six people often drink a staggering 11 or more standard drinks in one sitting.

Young people are the biggest culprits, especially men in their twenties and it seems beer drinkers also tend to exceed the recommended daily limit. Those least likely to overdo it are people who drink bottled wine and light beer drinkers. Perhaps this information can help alcohol servers fulfil their RSA duties better. Read more about the research below, the excerpt comes from a post on health.thewest.com.au

Higher-income earners are more likely than others to break National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines of not having more than two standard drinks a day and not having more than four standards drinks on any one occasion.

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education director of policy and research CaterinaGiorgi said the findings put to bed claims that alcohol misuse was only an issue for a small number of people.

“This research makes it very clear that over half of all Australian drinkers are consuming alcohol at risky levels so this is not a problem for just a minority of drinkers,” she said.

“This will place a significant burden on our already-stretched health services if we don’t start to focus on prevention measures proved to curb this type of drinking.”

Source: http://health.thewest.com.au/news/918/drinkers-still-ignore-warnings

Just last month, alcohol advocacy group FARE released its 2013 Federal election platform which urged politicians to work to minimise alcohol harm. The group has called for more structured screening and interventions, incorporating the assistance of medical health professionals asking patients about their alcohol consumption and giving out alcohol advice to these people.

The article on Health.thewest.com.au went on to discuss the research of a Curtin University Professor, Mike Daube who said it “painted a picture of a heavy drinking culture. The bottom line is most of the people drinking in Oz are drinking to unacceptable and harmful levels.

Despite the popularity of drinking promotions and products such as alcopops which target young drinkers, beer appears to remain the biggest problem. Beer companies’ promotion of sporting events and other media has been condemned and prompted the Professor’s calls for proper warning labels on products and at places where liquor is sole. He also advocated stronger public education and effective liquor controls.

 

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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