Australia is known for its drinking culture where alcohol is defined as “an integral part of being Australian”. But the latest poll by FARE (Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) suggested that drinkers are unaware of the risks of alcohol.

FARE’s research and policy manager Caterina Giorgi says more than half of Australians do not realise alcohol causes cancer.[The Age]

Alcohol is consumed by 81% of Australian adults, with men (85%) more likely to consume than women (77%). Binge-drinking is also becoming an issue in Australia, with 1.7 million Australians reportedly consuming six standard drinks or more on a typical occasion. It was also reported that 36% of drinkers, or about 4.1 million Australians consume alcohol to get drunk [FARE].

No doubt drinking is widely accepted and even embraced in Australia, where it is seen as the norm, but with the rising number of alcohol-related violence and incidents, is Australia in need of better education on responsible drinking?

Are you fully aware of what alcohol does or can do to your body and brain? This infographic gives us an insight into the science of getting drunk –