Shocking Binge Drinking Facts For Australia – The Social Cost

Check This article was edited and approved for accuracy By Adam Szmerling on August 4, 2022

At Bayside Psychotherapy in Melbourne, we’ve noticed an increase every year in the number of people we help to stop, or come to terms with the damaging impact of binge drinking. Whilst we help people from all walks of life, facing all kinds of personal challenges it’s clear that binge drinking and associated impacts of alcohol misuse are on the rise. Our counselling clinic is treating more people suffering with this out of control problem than we ever have before.

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It’s not our job to judge, but to help and inform; so we put together this picture of the social cost of binge drinking. We’d be delighted if you could help share this with your friends and family via social media.

The Shocking Truth about the Rise of Binge Drinking in Australia

Australians get drunk an average of 27 times a year, almost double the global average, says the latest 2021 survey report by the Global Drug Survey research organisation.

Since the Covid pandemic, Australians are turning to the bottle more often than ever.As a result, alcoholism and binge drinking has skyrocketed in Australia.

Australia has recently been named the heaviest drinking nation in the world after Australians spent more of their days drunk in 2020 than any other country. While a large proportion of people maintained their consumption of alcohol at pre-COVID-19 levels from March to July 2020, many people reported higher levels of stress. In particular, women were found to be more likely to increase their alcohol consumption over this period.

It was also found that 1 in 10 Victorians drink at a risky level at least once a week, and almost a quarter of Australians have reported feeling regret for becoming intoxicated.

Risks of Intoxication

When someone develops an alcohol addiction, they raise the risk of causing bodily injury to themselves and others around them. For example, consuming four standard drinks doubles the risk of suffering an alcohol-related injury.

According to a recent study, 15% of Australians risk injury or even death due to alcohol misuse. Harmful alcohol use is a massive issue for young people in Australia. This is particularly concerning given the negative long-term impacts of alcohol abuse, including addiction and chronic health problems.

Alcohol misuse can lead to acts of aggression and domestic violence. It has been reported that 40% of Australians have been affected by alcohol-related violence at some point in their lives.18% of people have reported that they have directly experienced it.

Alcoholism doesn’t just affect one’s personal life; it often crosses over into many people’s professional lives. Consuming too much alcohol can lead to carelessness, absenteeism, or incomplete tasks at work. Over $2 billion yearly is lost in workplace productivity because of alcohol-related absenteeism.

To combat binge drinking, The Australian Government announced a new national strategy to address the binge-drinking epidemic among young Australians. This national strategy will begin with three new practical measures to help reduce alcohol misuse among young people in the country.

The Australian Government is determined to work with communities, health workers, clinics, parents and young people to implement a National Strategy on Binge Drinking that includes a new focus on personal responsibility.

Adam Szmerling, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AASW) and clinical psychotherapist (PACFA) at Bayside Psychotherapy Melbourne has suggested that psychological issues may also be linked to the rise of binge drinking in Australia, stating “Regular alcohol ingestion may contribute towards depression and gears down our central nervous system. More and more Australians may be using alcohol to attempt to deal with their psychological issues”.

Getting help with binge drinking

How do you know if drinking alcohol has become a problem? One tell-tale sign is when drinking starts interfering with your ability to lead a normal life. Some signs include:

– A reliance on alcohol to relax or fall asleep at night
– Drinking in the morning before school or work
– Lying about how much alcohol you drink
– Other people comment on your drinking

Our Bayside Psychotherapy counselling clinic is equipped to deal with this growing problem, and we’re committed to helping those affected. If you or someone you know is struggling with binge drinking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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About Bayside Psychotherapy:

Bayside Psychotherapy has a trusted team of professional therapists with experience in Psychotherapy, Counselling, Hypnotherapy, and Psychology services in Melbourne. Our therapists are qualified in a wide range of online and face-to-face counselling methods including Buddhist psychology, mindfulness therapy, client-centred therapy, insight-oriented psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory.

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Adam Szmerling

Bayside Psychotherapy was founded by Adam Szmerling in Melbourne, offering counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Adam's experience with psychotherapy inspired him to help others improve their self-understanding, mental health and wellbeing.

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