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Global study: Australian women suffering consequences of drinking alcohol

Burnet Institute

11 March, 2011

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Australian women ranked third in negative social effects and Australian men ranked ninth.

Women in Australia and New Zealand suffer more negative consequences of drinking alcohol than most countries according to a study published in the journal Addiction.

Burnet’s head of Alcohol and other Drug Research, Associate Professor Paul Dietze was one of the co-authors of the study, ‘Alcohol-Related Negative Consequences among Drinkers around the World’.

The study investigated the drinking consequences of more than 30,000 people in 26 countries.

Australian women ranked third in negative social effects and Australian men ranked ninth.

Associate Professor Dietze said the researchers asked questions about whether or not they had experienced difficulties with their finances as a result of drinking or difficulties with respect to household chores.

“One of the big effects in the Australian study was that with some of the social consequences there was evidence that there was no variation between men and women, which is rare. Most countries do show much higher levels of these consequences for males than females,” he said.

“Australian women are more likely to suffer social consequences such as harmful effects on work and family relationships than women elsewhere.

“There is much less physicality in the harms experiences by females. They are not likely to get into fights but they are suffering at the social level.”

The study was headed by Dr Kathryn Graham, Senior Scientist and Group Head, Social and Epidemiological Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, London, Ontario, Canada.

The Abstract is available online HERE.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Paul Dietze

Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks

Telephone

+61392822134

Email

paul.dietze@burnet.edu.au

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