Risky business

Australians love a drink.

Between 2003 and 2005, estimates from the World Health Organization show we consumed 10 litres of pure alcohol per capita, slightly behind European countries such as France and Germany but more than the United States and Canada.1

In a recent drug survey, many Australians (39.5%) said they drank alcohol weekly, with just more than 7% admitting to drinking daily.2 While men have traditionally been the overwhelming majority in these groups, the tide is turning. These days more and more women,