Young women hitting bottle



AUSTRALIANS don't mind the odd drink or two.

And Jade Buller, Shelley Hill, Julie Campbell, Kylie-Anne Batey and Leanne Bell are no exception.

"It's a social thing to go out, drink and have fun,'' Ms Campbell explained.

But according to a National Drug Strategy Household Survey released in April, persons in the 20 to 29 years age group are most likely to consume alcohol in a way that puts them at risk for long-term (chronic) alcohol-related harm.

Fifteen per cent of women aged 20 to 29 are boozing at risky levels compared to 14.4% of men the same age.

Female teenagers (12.3%) are more likely than male teenagers (7.7%) to consume risky or highrisk levels for long-term harm.

When asked if binge-drinking was a problem for women in Rockhampton, the five Rockhampton social drinkers disagreed.

"When you do see it, it's more so in the early hours of the morning and it's only the minority,'' Ms Buller said. "The majority of people control their alochol.''

Ms Bell added: "I think before I drink.

"I don't drink every weekend and if I do, it's not to get myself blind rotten drunk.''

Community Health Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services (ATODS) co-ordinator Rob Rolls said binge-drinking was an issue everywhere broadly across the state.

He said one of the concerns was the lack of awareness of how much people had to drink.

"If you are going out, and driving, it's best not to drink anything.'' There are dangers for both sexes when it came to over drinking, particularly the decisions that can be made during that time of intoxication.



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