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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.

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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.
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