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Alcohol misuse costs the Australian community 15.3 billion dollars each year when factors such as crime and violence, treatment costs, loss of productivity and premature death were taken into account 
51% of alcohol consumed is drunk at levels that pose a risk of short-term harm 
Over 3 000 Australians die each year as a result of harmful drinking 
Over 450 000 children (13.2%) live in households where they are at risk of exposure to binge drinking by at least one adult 
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Alcohol Consumption in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05 reports that:
One in eight adults (approximately 2 million people) drink at risky/high risk levels.
The proportion of people drinking at risky/high risk levels has increased from 8.2% in 1995 to 13.4% in 2004-05.
15% of adult males and 12% of adult females drink at risky/high risk levels.
The increase in those drinking at risky/high risk levels since 1995 has been greater for women than men. From the three National Health Surveys since 1995, the proportion of females who drank at risky/high risk levels increased from 6.2% to 11.7%, while for males the increase was from 10.3% to 15.2%, after adjusting for age differences.
25% of those aged 14-19 years drank alcohol on a daily or weekly basis in the last 12 months.
Originally posted by morder1
If you ask me, its the Opiate of the masses...
Keeps you dumb and uninterested...
Might as well drink all the fluoride you can, and take every single vaccine also...
Drink up on your Victory Gin(1984 reference for those who dont know what I mean)
Intoxication of slaves however was promoted during harvest and holidays by the provision of large quantities of cheap, concentrated alcohol and via the sponsorship of drinking contests. When a slave was drunk, the slaveholder had no fear that he would plan an insurrection; no fear that he would escape to the north. It was the sober, thinking slave who was dangerous. During this time there are only rare accounts of slaves being treated for alcoholism.
Originally posted by OMsk3ptic
Beer tastes good, and makes you feel good, that's why I drink it. I don't like to get blacked out chunk blowing drunk, which is why I usually stay away from liquor, but for me beer is a great way to chill and wind down from a hard day's work.
Originally posted by starwarsisreal
I've heard that red wine is actually good for you. So drinking alcohol is not bad when you use it wisely
Originally posted by Buford2
I personally believe alcohol is the worst drug available or equal to Prescription drugs.
Originally posted by xFloggingMaryx
Alcohol is deadly...
...and yet I don't have the self control to not have a drink when I'm out at a club.
And I know there is totally something wrong with that.
I actually just got back from one of those themed dance parties at a Boston club and was dealing with this very issue tonight... I was sick the past three weeks with a viral infection which turned into tonsillitis and then the antibiotics gave me tendonitis in my ribcage and my shoulder.
It's only been a few days that I've been feeling better and before I arrived at the club I thought, "I shouldn't really drink tonight.... since I'm just getting over a sickness."
But of course, when I got there... I went to the bar, first thing. Maybe it's a peer pressure thing: everyone had a drink in their hand, so why not me?
Or maybe it's an anxiety thing: I have to loosen up in order to dance, so why not have a drink or two?
Perhaps it's a little of both.
Either way, no one really needs alcohol. It's rather interesting how it is so ingrained in our society, despite how deadly it is.
Even though I know how bad alcohol is for me, I'll still have a drink or two when I'm out with people. And maybe my lack of self control is the fundamental problem (but then again, I don't consider having one or two drinks to be extreme).
And now I'm rambling...