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Annual alcohol poll 2017: Attitudes and behaviours

Aussies are growing increasingly worried about the negative impacts of alcohol, with the majority believing Australia has a problem with alcohol abuse.

Now in its eighth year, the Annual alcohol poll 2017: Attitudes and behaviours takes an in-depth look at Australian attitudes towards alcohol, their drinking behaviours, and their perspectives on key alcohol policies.

This year, for the first time, the poll reveals Australians strong attitudes to the relationship between alcohol and family and domestic violence, with a staggering majority of Australians (92 per cent) believing alcohol is linked to family and domestic violence.

And, when it comes to trusting the alcohol industry, Australians are savvy to industry’s tactics and misinformation, with only around a third of Australians trusting a range of information provided by the alcohol industry.

Conducted by Galaxy Research, the 2017 poll reveals valuable trend data and provides insights into community perspectives on alcohol, highlighting the extent of alcohol harm in the Australian community. The poll also found that most Australians (78 per cent) believe Australia has a drinking problem, 74 per cent believe our drinking habits will worsen over the next five to ten years, and a growing majority (81 per cent) think more should be done to reduce alcohol harm.

Key findings from the FARE Annual alcohol poll 2017

  • 81% of Australians believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol-related illness, injury, death, and related issues (up from 78% in 2016).
  • 44% of Australian drinkers (five million Australians) consume alcohol to get drunk (up from 37% in 2016).
  • 92% of Australians think that there is a link between alcohol and family and domestic violence.
  • 68% of Australians support a ban on alcohol advertising on television before 8.30pm.
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