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.
Risk of InjuryRegardless 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
- alcoholic poisoning
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.
- 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.
Information in this section has been drawn and adapted from the following sources:
- National Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol, 2001, Alcohol in Australia: Issues and strategies, Australian Government, National Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol, Canberra. Available from : http://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/Publishing.nsf/content/alc-strategy
- National Health and Medical Research Council, 2009, Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol. NHMRC, Canberra. Available from: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/ds10-alcohol.pdf
- Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, 2015, Annual Alcohol Poll 2015, FARE, Deakin West, ACT. Available from: http://www.fare.org.au/alcpoll2015/
- 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).
- Queensland Health. The Health of Queenslanders 2014. Fifth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland. Queensland Government. Brisbane 2014. Available from: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/publications/research-reports/reports/cho-report/cho-full-report.pdf