Annual alcohol poll 2015: Attitudes and behaviours
Now in its sixth year, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) Annual alcohol poll 2015: Attitudes and behaviours provides valuable trend data and insights into community perspectives on alcohol. For state and territory breakdown see pages 40-41 of the report.
Three quarters (75%) of Australians think we have a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse, but for the first time this decade the annual poll has seen a significant shift in public perceptions – with an increasing number of Australians embracing recent government efforts to address alcohol harms and eager for the industry to be held more accountable.
Key findings from the FARE Annual alcohol poll 2015
- 75% believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse (down from 78% in 2014).
- 71% of Australians believe alcohol-related problems will either get worse or remain the same over the next five to ten years (down from 76% in 2014).
- 73% believe more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol-related illness, injury, death, and related issues (down from 79% in 2014).
- 55% of Australians think governments are not doing enough to reduce alcohol harms (down from 64% in 2014).
- 79% of Australian adults consume alcohol.
- 92% of Australians think they are a responsible drinker, but 34% of drinkers (4 million Australians) consume alcohol to get drunk.
- 30% of Australians have been affected by alcohol-related violence.
- 20% of parents report their child/children have been harmed or put at risk because of someone else’s drinking.
- 70% of Australians believe the alcohol industry should pay for reducing alcohol harms.
- 69% believe political parties should not be able to receive donations from the alcohol industry.
- 59% of Australians believe that the alcohol industry targets young people under 18 years.
- 42% of Gen Y (aged 18-34 years) have never been asked for ID at a bottle shop, and 38% have never been asked for ID when they visited a pub, club or bar in the past 12 months.
- 73% recall seeing alcohol advertising in the past 12 months, and 69% of those considered it to be inappropriate.
- 68% of Australians support the introduction of a National Alcohol Plan for Australia.
- 81% of Australians believe that pubs, clubs and bars should close at 3am or earlier.
- 60% of Australians believe health information labels should be placed on alcohol products.