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Alcohol injuries

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Many Australians drink some alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption is a major cause of road and other accidents, violence, crime, liver injury and brain damage.

According to the National Drug Household Survey in 2013:

  • About 1 in 5 alcohol drinkers aged 14 or older had put themselves or others at risk of injury or harm while drinking in the previous 12 months. Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol was the most common risky activity undertaken. 
  • Over 1 in 4 Australians aged 14 or older had been a victim of an alcohol related incident in 2013. This included many types of abuse, including verbal abuse. 
  • About 4 in 5 Australians aged 14 or over reported they had consumer alcohol in the past year and 6.5% said they consumed alcohol on a daily basis. 
  • Adults aged 18-24 were more likely to binge drink than the rest of the population. Men were more likely to binge drink than women.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about the health effects of alcohol use and injuries resulting from alcohol use.

Last reviewed: July 2016

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Alcohol consumption: Short-term health consequences | myVMC

As the amount of alcohol consumed in a single sitting is increased, the BAC increases proportionately. Once the BAC has surpassed 0.05%, inhibitions are reduced and judgement and movement are impaired.

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Dementia Australia | Alcohol related dementia

What is alcohol related dementia? Alcohol related dementia is, as the name suggests, a form of dementia related to the excessive drinking of alcohol. This affects memory, learning and other mental functions. Korsakoffs syndrome and Wernicke/Korsakoff syndrome are particular forms of alcohol related brain injury which may be related to alcohol related dementia.

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Dementia Australia | Alcohol related dementia

What is alcohol related dementia? Alcohol related dementia is, as the name suggests, a form of dementia related to the excessive drinking of alcohol. This affects memory, learning and other mental functions. Korsakoffs syndrome and Wernicke/Korsakoff syndrome are particular forms of alcohol related brain injury which may be related to alcohol related dementia.

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Alcohol: The health, social, and financial burden | myVMC

Various cultures may have very different attitudes, beliefs, norms and expectancies about drinking and this is reflected in the behaviours of their drinkers. In Western societies, beliefs about alcohol are inconsistent and sometimes negative and therefore alcohol is associated with problems such as anti-social and violent behaviour. That said, alcohol-related problems are associated with excessive drinking in any culture. In general, the majority of people consume alcohol in moderation.

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Daybreak - drink less - Apps on Google Play

The Daybreak program helps you to take control over your drinking habits, whether you want to cut back or quit completely.An initial assessment will help you understand your goals and motivations. You will be encouraged to keep track of your personal progress and review your goals through weekly check-ins. Daybreak will recommend you tailored activities we call experiments, to make positive changes to your lifestyle. These experiments are based on the latest research on behaviour-change.Become part of this active and inclusive online support community. People like you come together in an anonymous, safe, and secure environment to change their relationship with alcohol.The Daybreak program includes:Custom notifications Help you beat an urge to drink when you need it the most.Professional SupportUnlimited 1-1 chats with our qualified health coaches right inside the app.Personal ImprovementOver 100 experiments to change your habits and support you on your journey.Daybreak is designed and developed by Hello Sunday Morning. We are a not-for-profit organisation with over 7 years experience using technology to help reduce stigma around alcohol and support people to make the changes they want to make.If you live in AustraliaThe Daybreak program is now free and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.This includes full access to our professional coaching team, for free. People who chat with our coaches self-report that this makes them three times more likely to achieve their goals. If you live outside AustraliaThree week free trial, no credit card requiredDaybreak offers an auto-renewing subscription through an in-app purchase. After your three week free trial, you will be able to select the membership that suits you best once you decide to commit to the program.We also have free full year memberships when sponsorship is available. If you cant afford the subscription, start your free trial and email support@daybreakprogram.org to let us know you want to apply for a free membership.Auto-renewing subscription options (only applies if you live outside Australia):Subscription name: Daybreak Short Term CommitmentSubscription cost: $12.99 (AUD)Subscription duration: 1 monthSubscription name: Daybreak Full CommitmentSubscription cost: $119.99 (AUD)Subscription duration: 1 year

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Concussion

The majority of head injuries are minor and scans are not required. However, it is important that you have someone at home with you for the next 24 hours in case you feel unwell.

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National Alcohol Guidelines

The most recent version of the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol was released by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in 2009

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