A recent poll revealed that 9 out of 10 Australians consider themselves “responsible drinkers”, despite a quarter of respondents drinking to get drunk at least once a month.
The number of drinkers who drink alcohol to get drunk has significantly increased in the last decade, together with alcohol related harm.
Experts say people are confused about alcohol risk and are unaware of what constitutes risky drinking.
The poll released by FARE (Foundation fro Alcohol Research and Education) found that only 31 per cent of people could correctly identify the number of standard drinks a person should consume in order to minimise their long term harm.
Australian guidelines suggest adults drink a maximum of 2 standard drinks a day to avoid lifetime risk of harm and no more than 4 standard drinks on a single occasion to reduce the risk of alcohol related injury.