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WA Steadily Drinking the Nation Under the Table

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WA Steadily Drinking the Nation Under the Table

Consistent, regular drinking is putting West Australians at risk of disease and injury.

 

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in 2011-2012, more than a quarter of WA adults drank at least two standard drinks a day.

 

This is higher than the national average of 19.5 per cent of adults who consume this same amount on a daily basis.

 

In WA 25.4 per cent of adults consumed at least two drinks each day. This exceeds the "lifetime risk guidelines", according to 2009 National Health and Medical Research Council.

 

The guidelines state that "drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces the lifetime risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury".

 

"Long term, drinking affects every part of the body, especially the liver, brain and heart," he said.

References and further information

The original article was produced by  The Age.

 

For the rest of the article, visit the The Age website.

http://www.theage.com.au/wa-news/wa-steadily-drinking-the-nation-under-the-table-20121029-28fm6.html

 

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