Australia’s booze problem revealed: Aussies get drunk once every eight days and need more medical treatment than any other country in the world
- New substance use data released by the Global Drug Survey on Thursday
- Australians the fourth highest alcohol drinkers behind the UK, US, and Canada
- We also have the highest rates of alcohol related emergency medical treatment
Australians get drunk once every eight nights and are among the heaviest drinkers in the world, new research has revealed.
Australians rank as the fourth highest alcohol drinkers in the world and had more emergency medical treatment due to booze than any other country, the data from the Global Drug Survey reveals.
The figures show that we got drunk on an average of 47 occasions in the last 12 months – which works out to about once every eight days.
The extent of Australia’s alcohol problem has been revealed by new data released on Thursday
The figures show that we got drunk on an average of 47 occasions in the last 12 months – which works out to about once every eight days
Australia ranks fourth in terms of overall alcohol consumption behind the UK in the top spot, the United States in second place, and Canada in third.
Medical treatment for alcohol related issues is also a huge problem with Australia leading the world in numbers of those seeking treatment in emergency rooms.
Women were also more likely than men to receive treatment for alcohol related issues in emergency departments.
Another revelation in the data is that Australia topped the world in encounters with police to do with drugs, with 51.1 per cent saying they had been stopped.
Denmark was the second highest with 50.5 per cent of respondents saying they had had an encounter with police to do with drugs.
HIGHEST NUMBER OF DAYS PEOPLE DRANK TO EXCESS IN LAST YEAR BY COUNTRY
United Kingdom – 51
United States – 50
Canada – 48
Australia – 47
Denmark – 42
Drug detection dogs were the most common way police stopped respondents – with Australia again leading the world in rates of encounters with drugs sniffer dogs.
Australia, Denmark, Italy, and England had far more encounters with drug dogs than other countries – with Australia about three times the global average.
In all countries, alcohol was the most commonly used drug in the last 12 months, followed by cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, and MDMA.
The Global Drug Survey features information from 120,000 respondents worldwide to gain a picture of substance use globally – of these respondents almost 8000 were Australians.
Medical treatment for alcohol related issues is also a huge problem with Australia leading the world in numbers of those seeking treatment in emergency rooms