VicHealth and RMIT University have released a new report, Drinking-related lifestyles: exploring the role of alcohol in Victorians’ lives. Along with the qualitative and quantitative reports, there is a research summary which highlights some key findings including:
- Alcohol is entrenched in most aspects of life – many Victorians use alcohol to unwind and/or socialise; it’s seen as a normal way of enhancing experiences and/or celebrating special occasions.
- Drinking alcohol at ‘typical’ levels and getting drunk is socially acceptable, while binge drinking and abstaining are less so.
- Drinking in or associated with a workplace is also common, and alcohol is used as a way to connect with work colleagues.
- While alcohol consumption is often associated with a special event, it can also be the reason for an event or gathering.
- While most people in the study identified negative consequences from drinking, few identified their drinking behaviour as problematic.