Surveys and reports almost always mention Australians as having a heavy drinking culture, but a new survey reveals that many Australians believe their drinking level is only average.
Australian heavy drinkers in denial
According to an article written by Amy Corderoy and Lucy Carroll for The Sydney Morning Herald, the Global Drug Survey, which was conducted in 18 countries last year, tens of thousands of Australians who are actually heavy drinkers are the ones who say their drinking is only “about average”.
According to Public Health Association of Australia spokesman on alcohol Mike Daube, many people are drinking responsibly, but many people are also drinking alcohol to excess. He adds that these people, while not likely to end up in ambulances and jail, have a much bigger risk developing liver disease, cancer, and other alcohol-related illnesses in the long run.
Daube’s observations are in keeping with the results of an earlier survey this year saying up to 15 Australians die each day due to alcohol-related illnesses. Clearly, the heavy drinkers surveyed who says they’re only average drinkers are in denial. When they’re in denial, they are more likely clueless about the danger they’re in in the long term, and that puts them in even more danger.
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