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Survey Finds Two in Three Australian Women Binge Drink

by Medindia Content Team on  December 1, 2007 at 6:34 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Survey Finds Two in Three Australian Women Binge Drink
A survey has revealed that two out of three Australian women binge drink.

The online survey, conducted by Australian Women's Health magazine's, also found that one third Australian women indulge in massively boozy nights where they down more than 11 drinks in a sitting.
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In the survey more than 2000 women were quizzed and the analysis found that two-thirds of respondents binged, or consumed more than five standard drinks, while out with friends.

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In the meantime, 14 per cent of respondents admitted to drinking between 16 to 20 drinks in a single night while about 7 per cent said they'd knocked back more than 20 standard drinks in a sitting.

Geoff Munro, director of the Australian Drug Foundation described the findings as 'extremely disturbing' and highlighted how common binge drinking has become.

Mr Munro said that drinking so much alcohol would not just lead to a bad hangover and more serious health problems, but would also have an effect on the hospital system.

"We are seeing signs of increased numbers of women admitted to hospital after binge drinking and we are paying for the cost of binge drinking through the burden on the health system," News.com.au quoted Munro, as saying.

"By drinking more than 11 drinks on one occasion, (women) are likely to be intoxicated which places women at risk of a range of harms," he said.

Munro said that drinking such a large amount of alcohol could cause women to be at risk of drink-driving, sexual assault, becoming aggressive and having unsafe sex. "It's another sign... that Australians are very tolerant of unsafe drinking," Munro said.

Australian Women's Health editor Felicity Percival said that a person should be aware of what he or she consumes. "We all need to be far more conscious of what we consume," Percival said.

Source: ANI
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