πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Unquenchable thirst: Australia's binge-drinking culture | 101 East

9

Drinking alcohol has long been a part of Australian culture.

But today, the country is suffering huge social and economic costs from its love for the drink.

A recent report estimated that the tangible cost for alcohol misuse is $25bn a year, including medical expenses, lost wages and productivity.

Ten million Australians experience negative effects from other people’s drinking, and 70,000 fall victim to alcohol-related assaults.

With an increasing number of young people binge-drinking, children as young as 10 are seeking treatment for alcohol addiction.

Police and hospital authorities are urging Australians to sober up but face formidable challenges from a powerful alcohol industry and an entrenched drinking culture.

Despite new laws to curb risky drinking behaviour, anti-alcohol campaigners are fighting for stronger restrictions on the industry; and for people to change drinking habits, starting at home.

101 East explores the real cost of alcohol in Australia.

More from 101 East on:

YouTube – http://aje.io/101eastYouTube
Facebook – http://facebook.com/101east
Twitter – http://twitter.com/aj101east
Instagram – http://instagram.com/aj101east
Website – http://aljazeera.com/101east

#AlJazeeraEnglish #101East #BingeDrinking

Source Video URL

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here