The Social Report for 2009 is out and amongst many other findings about various social indicators this appears;
Most recent data
In 2006/2007, 23 per cent of drinkers of alcohol aged 15 years and over had a potentially (my emphasis) hazardous drinking pattern.
Longer term trend
There has been no change in the rate since 1996/1997.
And in response to this 'no change' state of affairs the following have been proposed;
1 Increase the price of alcohol
2 Increase the purchase age of alcohol
3 Decrease accessibility of alcohol
4 Decrease marketing and advertising of alcohol
5 Increase drink-driving measures
...because, we are apparently, "in the grips of an under-recognised national alcohol crisis."
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