Alcohol consumption in Australia and binge drinking.

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Alcohol consumption in Australia and binge drinking.

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Brian William Smith
Quantum Consciousness Facilitator |Mod Psychology | NLP MPrac | MH | PMAHA
Master Mindfulness Practitioner | Thought Field Therapy | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Alcohol consumption in Australia and binge drinking.

In these challenging times, cutting back alcohol, or cutting it out altogether, can play a major role in helping you look after your mental health. For some people, alcohol can intensify feelings of depression, hopelessness and loneliness. You may find yourself having a few drinks to try and escape your problems but end up dwelling on them more. In Australian culture, alcohol often accompanies socialising and celebration and many Australians enjoy drinking alcohol in moderation from time to time. However, Australia has one of the highest rates of binge drinking among young people worldwide. 45% of risky and or high risk alcohol consumption takes place amongst 18-25 year old drinkers. “High-risk” drinking behaviours such as this can result in negative physical, mental and social consequences.

Alcohol occupies a significant place in Australian culture and is consumed in a wide range of social circumstances. In general, alcohol is consumed in Australia at levels of low immediate risk. However, some people may drink at levels that increase their risk of developing health problems over the course of their life, as well as increasing their risk of alcohol related injury. In 2017-18, 78.8% of Australians aged 18 years and over had consumed alcohol in the past year. A further 8.5% had consumed alcohol 12 or more months ago, and 11.6% had never consumed alcohol. More men had consumed alcohol in the past year (84.5%) than women (73.3%). For many excess drinking becomes a way of life and many consume far more than the recommended 2 standard units / day or a maximum of 4 units on any single occasion,

How to know if you’re drinking too much

Drinking alcohol is so normalised in Australia that it can be difficult to know when you’re overdoing it. Some people find it hard to go a day without drinking, or to limit the number of drinks they have at any one time. Low-level dependence like this can gradually increase over time until alcohol becomes a real problem.

Signs that you may have a problem with your drinking:

  • You are drinking more than is recommended in the Australian Guidelines.
  • You or others are worried about how much you drink.
  • You need to drink more to feel the same effects.
  • You crave alcohol.
  • Alcohol is affecting your physical or mental health.
  • You don’t feel in control of your drinking – you can’t cut down or stop even if you want to.
  • Your drinking is interfering with your relationships or job.
  • You experience physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating, anxiety or vomiting when you don’t have a drink.

Tips for cutting down

  • Set yourself a drinks limit and stick to it.
  • Count your drinks – remember, a drink in a bar or restaurant might contain more than one standard drink.
  • Drink water before you start drinking alcohol to quench your thirst.
  • Drink slowly.
  • Eat before and while you’re drinking.
  • Finish your drink before you start another – try not to top up drinks as you might lose track of how many you’ve had.
  • Opt for a non-alcoholic drink in between alcoholic drinks.
  • Be active while you are drinking – play pool or dance rather than sit.

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Daily drinking

A more common form of alcohol misuse in Australia is the daily consumption of alcohol. Many clients who undertake my Gaining Control drinking program do so because they drink on a daily basis and are concerned of the effect that continued alcohol consumption may have on their health as well as their social and professional lives. In effect, they sense a lack of control over their drinking and this may be due to emotional issues, stress or simply habitual behaviour.

If you binge drink or feel that you are consuming more alcohol than you’d like or that your drinking is causing you concern, be assured that my “stop or gain control” drinking program will get you back on track. If you are experiencing harmful or negative consequences from your drinking, or would like further information on how Clinical Therapeutic Hypnotherapy may be beneficial in many aspects of your life, then please do not hesitate in contacting me.



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Have an amazing day,

Brian William Smith.

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