This month, our Consumer Health Panel was invited to provide feedback on their alcohol-related behaviour and experiences which will be used to inform our upcoming work in the drug and alcohol sector.
Responses showed that 30% of the panel rarely consumed alcohol (less than monthly), if at all. However, 45% of the panel said they drank alcohol ‘once or twice a week’ (25%) or ‘most days’ (20%). Importantly, 95% of respondents said they were aware of the recommendations/guidelines about levels of safe alcohol consumption.
Almost 70% of respondents said they had been concerned about their own drinking behaviours/habits or those of someone they care about.
Their main concerns were focused on health of the individual (71%) and the impact the behaviour was having on family/friends. The majority of people did seek help or advice from a GP (67%), family/friends (22%) and a counsellor (11%).
COORDINARE, as the South Eastern NSW PHN, will soon commission a number of new drug and alcohol treatment initiatives from May 2017. Announcements are due to be made shortly.
If you still have questions or concerns but aren't sure what you should do, check out the Alcohol Drug Information Service Helpline site here. Alternatively you can call 1800 422 599.
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