Short-term effects

It’s a fact – the chances of getting hurt increase with every alcoholic drink you have. Simply put, in the short-term, the more you drink, the more chance there is of being physically harmed. violence Physical
Risk of Injury
Regardless of gender, if you drink four standards drinks or more in one sitting, you’re doubling your risk of an alcohol related injury. This includes injuries such as:
  • motor vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents
  • trips or falls
  • drowning
  • alcoholic poisoning
  • suffocation
  • violence
  • self-harm
Around 17% of Queensland adults are currently drinking at the riskiest level. Drink driving accounts for 30% of deaths on Australian roads and 9% of serious injuries.
Australian statistics
  • When drinking, men tend to take more risks than women. As a result, alcohol is attributed to their higher injury and hospitalisation rates.
  • 60% of Australians aged 20-29 years drink more than the recommended national guidelines of four drinks per sitting.
  • Alcohol is the cause of most drug-related deaths and hospitalisations of people aged 15-34.
  • A disproportionate number of young people experience alcohol-related harm during, or immediately after the consumption of alcoholic drinks.
  • Approximately 43% of Australian drinkers consume three or more standard drinks in one sitting, with 12% drinking six or more.
It needs to be stressed that alcohol-related injuries aren’t limited to a broken arm and a few days off work. Rather, alcohol-related injuries can leave people with serious disabilities which in turn impact the individual, their loved ones, workplaces and the broader community. To totally eliminate the risk of injury from alcohol, not drinking is the safest option. Try having no more than two standard drinks per day, with two alcohol-free days in a row per week.

Our sources

Information in this section has been drawn and adapted from the following sources:
  • Ridolfo B, Stevenson C, 2001, The quantification of drug-caused mortality and morbidity in Australia, 1998, AIHW cat. no. PHE 29. Canberra: AIHW (Drug Statistics Series no. 7).