Binge Drinking in Australia
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The paper discusses the correlation between occasional, situational binge drinking and later alcohol abuse, and relates that in Australia, drinking is not seen as a moderate indulgence, but as something that is enjoyable only if indulged in excess. The paper looks at the statistics on binge drinking's drain on the economic productivity of the nation and its healthcare system and discusses how the alcohol companies in Australia have been accused of contributing to the culture of binge drinking. The paper contends that collectively as a society, through government efforts, federal and local regulation and awareness, Australians must 'rewrite their version of 'normal' and see binge drinking and alcoholic indulgence as an unacceptable practice rather than harmless fun.
From the Paper:"Although alcohol affects every individual differently on a physical level, the common cultural attitude and experience of alcohol undeniably affects consumption, regardless of the individual's personal history. In Australia, social acceptability has had negative effects, often because drinking is not seen as a moderate indulgence, but as something that is enjoyable only if indulged in excess. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd called binge drinking in Australia an epidemic: "A recent survey carried out by the group found 1 in 10 Australians had been frightened by a drunk" during a public event, and "the estimated toll of alcohol abuse has doubled in the past eight years to $15 billion along with a hike in demands upon the police to deal with alcohol-fuelled problems which is believed to account for as much as 80 per cent of police work" (The medical news, 2008).
"There is also a consistent drain upon the economic productivity of the nation and its healthcare system due to binge drinking: 7.5 million working days are lost each year because of alcohol in Australia and over 85 per cent of people who present at hospital emergency departments needing immediate treatment have some form of alcohol related cause (The medical news, 2008). But 'Big alcohol' in Australia has been accused of using many of the similar PR techniques as American tobacco companies to protect its interests and this contributes to the culture of binge drinking."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Australian government: Department of health and aging. 2009. Alcohol. [Online] (Updated2009). Available at: http://www.alcohol.gov.au/
- Grimm, Nick. "NSW authorities gear up for binge drinking fight."ABC.net. June 13, 2009. [Online] (Updated June 13, 2009). Available at:http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/06/13/2597320.htm
- The medical news. 22 Apr 2009. Lid lifted on alcohol industry's worst fears. [Online]. (Updated2009). [Accessed 18 Jun 2009] Available at: http://www.news-medical.net/news/2009/04/22/48625.aspx
- The medical news. 21 Feb 2008. PM says binge drinking an epidemic across Australia. [Online].(Updated 2009). [Accessed 18 Jun 2009] Available at: http://www.news-medical.net/news/35424.aspx
- The medical news. 11 May 2009. We have an alcohol problem? Most Aussies say yes! [Online].(Updated 2009). [Accessed 18 Jun 2009] Available at: http://www.news-medical.net/news/2009/05/11/49301.aspx
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