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Cover - Alcohol and Binge Drinking Alcohol and Binge Drinking Volume 334 Editor: Justin Healey Print book ISBN: 978 1 921507 61 8 E-book ISBN: 978 1 921507 62 5 Year: 2011 Print book: $24.00 - pre-order now! (due ...

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ALCOHOL AND BINGE DRINKING

Cover - Alcohol and Binge Drinking

Alcohol and Binge Drinking
Volume 334
Editor: Justin Healey
Print book ISBN: 978 1 921507 61 8
E-book ISBN: 978 1 921507 62 5
Year: 2011
Print book: $24.00 - pre-order now! (due 27/07/2011)
E-book: $24.00 - pre-order now! (due 27/07/2011)

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Alcohol is the most widely used recreational drug in Australia. Alcohol is so widely used and so socially acceptable that many people frequently consume it to harmful levels. Binge drinking refers to drinking heavily over a short period of time with the intention of becoming intoxicated, resulting in immediate and severe intoxication. The number of young people consuming alcohol at alarmingly high levels has increased significantly in recent years, prompting government initiatives such as the ‘alcopop’ tax in a bid to curb underage binge drinking. What are safe drinking levels according to the latest guidelines, and what are the short- and long-term health risks when alcohol consumption goes too far? Alcohol-related risk behaviours are also examined, including drink driving, unprotected sex, violence and injury. This book presents information about the many health and social impacts of excessive alcohol intake and provides tips for promoting responsible drinking choices among young people. When does ‘having a drink’ become far more than a drop too much?
Chapter 1: Alcohol and your health
Chapter 2: Binge drinking
Chapter 3: Alcohol and young people

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index
Fast facts:

Most Australians drink alcohol (82.9% of those aged 14 years and older in 2007) and about 8.1% drink daily.
Greater proportions of young females drink at risky or high-risk levels compared with young males.
Measured in terms of per person consumption of pure alcohol, Australia ranks in the middle of all OECD countries and of key comparison countries, at around 10 litres of alcohol per person per year.
It has been estimated that 31% of parents involved in substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect experience significant problems with alcohol use.

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