Alcohol is still number 1 for treatment in Australia

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia. This is despite the current media speculation that Amphetamine type stimulants are at epidemic proportions.  If the following statistics from the Alcohol & Drug Foundation (ADF) Australia are anything to go by, the consumption and problematic use of Alcohol is catastrophic in comparison.  According a recent Global Drug Survey.

Almost a quarter of Australian respondents to the Global Drug Survey (23.7%) said they had hurt themselves or others as a result of their drinking, while 42% reported wanting to drink less.


Alcohol National figures

  • 86.2% of Australians aged 14 years and over have drunk alcohol one or more times in their lives.
  • 37.3% of Australians aged 14 years and over consume alcohol on a weekly basis.
  • The age group with the greatest number of Australians who drink daily is 70+ years.
  • Around 1 in 5 (18.2%) Australians over 14 drinks at levels that put them at risk of alcohol-related harm over their lifetime.
  • Around 1 in 6 (15.6%) people aged 12 years or older had consumed 11 or more standard drinks on a single drinking occasion in the past 12 months.
  • 1 in 4 women drink alcohol while pregnant, even though the Australian alcohol guidelines recommend not drinking during this time.
  • $7b is generated by alcohol-related tax. But alcohol costs society $15.3b annually3.
  • Alcohol caused more than twice as many deaths (3,494) than road accidents (1,600) in 2005.
  • 1 in 10 workers say they have experienced the negative effects of a co-worker’s use of alcohol.

Meth Amphetamine (including Ice) National figures

  • 7.0% of Australians aged 14 years and over have used meth/amphetamines one or more times in their life.
  • 2.1% of Australians aged 14 years and over have used meth/amphetamines in the previous 12 months.
  • Of these people, 50.4% report crystal or ice as main form of the drug used.
  • Young Australians (Aged 14–24) first try meth/amphetamines at 18.6 years on average.
  • 2.9% of 12-17 year olds have tried amphetamines.

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Habitat Therapeutics is acutely aware and capable of treating Alcohol dependence in its programs.  Long term dependence and breaking the cycle of binge drinking culture are common types of comments I hear when people are seeking to make changes to their drinking habits.  It’s often called the functional kind of dependency that can sometimes turn to chaos when a significant life changing event is thrust upon an individual.  This can often lead to the progressive nature of alcohol dependence.  This slide can be countered acted by getting involved in treatment at safe house.

Our capable and professional staff at Habitat can create programs that begin with a detoxification program and extend into changing learned behaviours into a full and filling lifestyle program.  Frequently we are asked will my detox be “like cold turkey”, which for many conjures up tortuous nights strapped to a bed with fits and uncontrollable shaking in a foetal position.  Sure it can be somewhat uncomfortable, however with good care and treatment it need not be distressing.  72 hours is peak time for physical withdrawal.  After that is when the life changing psycho social works begins.  We are adequately resourced and staffed to give you the best chance at your recovery from this progressive and sometimes fatal dependence.

Habitat Therapeutics programs are for all types of licit and illicit drugs so if you feel have lost control of that which you used to cope with and its now not serving you we are ready to take your call.

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