2dogs, this might give you some idea about those numbers
from the National Alcohol Strategy 2006 - 2009
Over the past decade there has been a steady increase in the proportion of the Australian population who drink, reaching 83 percent in 2004 (AIHW 2005).
1.46 million Australians consume alcohol on a daily basis, 600,000 (41
percent) of whom are aged sixty years or older (AIHW 2005).
If you substituted alcohol for cannabis in that last quote, the Govt would consider them to be dependent.
One in five (20.6 percent) Australians drink at levels that are risky or a high risk
of harm in the short-term at least once a month. This is particularly evident
among young adults (AIHW 2005)
Edited by DownUnderDoper, 04 February 2007 - 03:16 AM.