A recent post on Smh.com.au mentioned a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol Drugs, that found that 1 in 5 Americans experience second hand drinking damage annually.
The writer suggested that Australian figures may be even higher.
According to Professor Robin Room, of the The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University we only consider drinking related harm in extreme forms such as drink driving, alcohol fuelled violence and foetal alcohol spectrum disorders but those aren’t the only examples. There are other examples of alcohol harm such as harassment or insults, vandalism, family or marital problems, financial problems fuelled by alcohol etc.
Researchers highlight that the rate that people report alcohol harm is higher in the USA than it is in Australia, so our figures may actually be alot higher, taking into account that in the US, one third of adults don’t drink at all whereas in Australia, less than 20 per cent don’t drink.
The study found that harm tends to be higher among young adults which isn’t surprising given that more young people drink to “get drunk”.