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There are some parts of Australian culture that are so integrated into our every day lives that we hardly realise if they’re doing us bad or good… Drinking is one of these things.

The Global Drug Survey 2015, which was conducted in partnership with global media organisations including Fairfax Media, has found that Australians most likely to want to reduce their drinking, with nearly two in five indicating they would like to cut down.

Australians were also among the most likely to cite social embarrassment or humiliation as the main factor that would get them to reduce their alcohol intake, with 32% saying that would be the thing that changed their behaviour.

It was the second-most cited factor after having a physical condition that would be worsened by alcohol, which 42% said would have the most impact.

Unharm director Mark Tregoning said deciding to stop drinking required a more conscious decision to be made because alcohol was such a part of Australian society, unlike drug use, which was done mostly by people in their 20s.

“A lot of drug use is social, so people take their cues from the behaviour of people around them and want to participate in a social situation,” Mr Tregoning said.

It’s difficult to completely change something that most of us have been raised with. Going to the pub for a beer was always something the men in my family did and all of our social celebrations involved a good drink.

A few weeks ago, a woman in the family said “I think it’s un-Australian that we can’t drink in public” and this really had the mind wandering. She meant it in the context that we can do so many other things in public like smoke, but can’t have a drink of wine while enjoying a picnic. However, the statement had a lot more meaning than any of us realised.

At the end of the day, to enjoy alcohol is a very Australian quality. But does it have to be such a prominent Australian quality? Is there more to life that we can find without having to drink?

Tell us, would you like to cut down on your drinking? How often do you have a glass? Do you agree with the survey? Share your thoughts in the comments below...

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  1. Really think moderation is the key, a couple of wines are beneficial , is that not true?

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    • I don’t drink Stuart but moderation is good but so many cant stop at a couple of drinks – scary when u hear how much some people consume.

    • Yes so very true, it’s the abuse of Alcohol that is the worry, lack of self control, cheers Deborah

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      • Abuse of anything is bad for you, too much water, juice, exercise, work, eating, smoking even sex, it is all a matter of self control not state control

  2. There always will be Nay sayers! Anything is fine in moderation provided we are not hurting others…..

  3. I have the occasional drink. Last night I had 2 glasses of wine. But it’s not a regular thing.
    I don’t see it as a must do because of culture.
    I’m a 5th generation Australian and I was brought up in a no alcohol house. If drinking is Australian culture, then this article is telling me that my family are not true Aussies.

    Maybe we need to look at the damage this culture does. Domestic violence, road deaths. Deaths from coward punches, injuries to our health professionals from drunks attacking them.

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    • Wow well said Ruth… Your family has balance by the sounds of it. I have watched alcohol slowly errode the fabic of society and destroy lives. I work in security now,however my work life has been in corrects, social welfare, youthwork, drug and alcohol rehabitiation and sobering up units of care and I am a chaplain … I have seen it at the coal face and its pretty dark dirty and toxic. I do not believe alcohol consumption is an Australian cultural expression .. its fundimentally part of the lower socio-economic group and some professional raised in the aforemention who have yet to escape family conditioning. Just my opinion.

    • Stephen, you might like to remember the heritage of many Australians……the socio-economic groups transported from the UK who were brutalised…….as was the behaviour of some at that time in history. Alcohol was accepted in that society as the norm……even in diluted form. It seems to have titrated through the generations.

  4. There is nothing that looks worse than a drunken woman, especially an older woman drunk

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    • Drunks, men or women, are unattractive. Let’s stop demonising women and letting it pass with the ‘boys will be boys’ adage.

    • I saw your disgusting comment on another post yesterday abusing someone Robyn Green, please don’t speak to me I have nothing to say to abusive people like you

    • I agree wholeheartedly with Robyn , always the double standard, I am always so surprised when it comes from women

    • I use to see drunks 80′ and 90’all the time, but now not so much. Maybe people can’t afford. I do see people drinking occasionally as depicted in the picture. People enjoy each other’s company and having fun, this is the Australian way, stop knocking it and being negative! There is enough Pooh Faced Wowsers in Australia Now As It Is

    • Yes there is something worse a boozy amorous old lech trying to crack on to everyones daughters.

    • I agree Rozzy, men look bad enough drunk but women look revolting weaving around drunk and that is one reason why I don’t drink, of course the drinkers here will say your wrong because they do it themselves

  5. live your own life the way you want and stay the hell out of mine ,now that’s the australia i grew up in

  6. Everything in moderation! And don’t drink too much in front of kids so they think it’s the thing to do.

  7. I had a friend who was alcohol dependant and 11 months ago her husband came home to her who died unexpectedly due alcohol problem. It was sad as she contributed to her own death. I miss her very much.

  8. I have a small glass of red wine about 4 nights a week. I enjoy it, but don’t depend on it

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