Not a single drop of alcohol is safe.

The Federal Department of Health advises that no amount of alcohol is risk-free.

The department advises that, if you’re a healthy adult, to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than four standard drinks on any one day.

A standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol. Many drinks have more than one standard drink in them.

A 2013 investigation by the Victorian government, found that “alcohol plays a significant role in the way Victorians define their individual identities, as well as the identities of others”.

“Drinking is so culturally entrenched that we regularly use it as a way of expressing our values and beliefs.”

The investigators found that people who didn’t drink were largely perceived as “odd” and “extreme”.

Cutting back, a bit

In the past five years, we have, as a nation, reportedly cut back on our drinking.

Dr Michael Livingston is an associate professor at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University.

In a July interview with wellness site Body and Soul, he said: “Consumption has been decreasing here since about 2007, and we’ve seen a 10 per cent reduction in per capita consumption across the whole population.

“It’s being driven by big shifts amongst teenagers and young adults; they’re drinking significantly less than previous generations did at the same age.”

In September, Cancer Australia reported that Australia’s annual alcohol consumption remains “relatively high compared to other developed countries” – fifth highest among 18 selected developed countries at 9.5 litres per capita.

The report said, “apparent alcohol consumption peaked in Australia in 1974-76 with an annual per capita consumption of 13.1 litres”.


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  • Bob Long January 20, 2023  

    If you cant consume alcohol what other recourse do you have to make life livable in the ADF with all the WOKIES ready to put you down. Stay half pissed to hell with them

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