In response to increasing concern regarding the incidence of binge drinking in our community, in particular amongst young people, The Salvation Army has provided a booklet giving vital facts regarding the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol abuse.
The booklet gives important information for parents, young people and the general community.
It covers issues from health and wellbeing to work and relationships and aims to give no nonsense facts about alcohol abuse, information that may come as a surprise to many people.
Alcohol abuse can cause serious short term and long term health issues. Of particular concern is the connection between alcohol and certain cancers. Permanent liver damage is another condition that has been linked to both low risk and high risk consumption of alcohol. There is also the worrying impact alcohol has on the brain, in some cases leading to alcohol-related brain injury. And there are the well-known consequences for women if they drink to excess, including infertility and damage to unborn children.
Certain alcoholic drinks on the market target young girls, and the booklet points out they need to be aware of the high alcohol content of mixer drinks and that drinking excessively can place them in precarious situations that may be extremely dangerous. For example, there is a significant correlation between incidents of violence and alcohol consumption. Additionally, there are a number of ways in which alcohol abuse can negatively affect a persons appearance.
Gerard Byrne of Recovery Services said today the release of booklet is very timely as we approach the summer holiday party season and the end of year school celebrations period.
"Kids need to be aware that binge drinking can have serious consequences, which can affect them not only in the short term but later on in life as well."
The booklet also encourages parents to re-evaluate their own drinking and attitude to alcohol as a way of helping their children avoid complications from alcohol abuse later in life.
"Many people dont realise exactly what getting drunk regularly does to their bodies and to society. Hopefully this booklet will help to highlight the issue," said Gerard Byrne.
Free copies of the booklet are available by calling 02 9266 9821 in NSW or 07 3222 6666 in QLD or by visiting www.salvos.org.au/alcohol
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The release outlines initiatives which governments should take to curb the level of alcohol abuse in Australia.