FARE Poll reveals a lack of awareness among Australians about the effects of alcohol


Some 70 per cent of Australians know of the national Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol but only one in four of these are aware of the content. 

This is according to the national alcohol poll by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

The 2018 poll found that only 38 per cent of the Australian population are aware of the link between alcohol misuse and stroke, 26 per cent know of the link with mouth and throat cancer, and 16 per cent understand the link between alcohol and breast cancer.

Titled ‘The Annual Alcohol Poll 2018: Attitudes and Behaviours’ and conducted by YouGov Galaxy, the poll found that 37 per cent of Australians have been affected by alcohol-related violence, with 47 per cent of these cases happening within the last 12 months.

FARE’s poll also found that in 2018, 45 per cent of Australians drank to get drunk – equating to approximately 5.7 million citizens. It was also revealed that 73 per cent of those surveyed believe that Australia has a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse. 

FARE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to stop the harm caused by alcohol. For over 15 years, FARE has been working with communities, governments, health professionals and the police across Australia to stop alcohol harm by supporting world-leading research, raising public awareness and advocating for changes to alcohol policy. 

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