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Alcohol: Still the Main Drug of Addiction

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Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is the medical diagnosis for prolonged and severe drinking that is causing problems in a person’s life. Alcoholism is the colloquial term for this disorder. It is extremely prevalent and a serious medical issue that can have fatal consequences.

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Drinking is associated with a wide range of social and cultural activities and is often actively encouraged. Alcohol generally plays a prominent role in occasions such as celebrations, sporting events, during meals, clubbing and at house parties. It can be viewed as ‘un-Australian’ to turn down a drink. Our heavy drinking culture dates back as far as colonisation - for a period, convicts were paid partially in rum.

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Pam Northcote
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Good. Concise article.
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Colin Gardiner
19 Apr 2020
Good article
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Barbara hattam
27 May 2021
A good overview
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Diane Fletcher
30 Apr 2020
Informative with good insight in the effects of alcohol on health and also the community and health system.
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Colette Burnell
14 Oct 2021
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Daniel Coombes
18 Feb 2020
good information regarding the common place abuse of alcohol in the community.
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Tegan Aylward
04 Mar 2020
A quick read with important information
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Eilis funder-wright
24 Feb 2020
Short read is succulent and useful for furthering knowledge pertaining to alcohol use disorders
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Kerryn cottier
25 Feb 2020
Informative
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Susan McCarthy
18 Feb 2020
Relevant material reinforced what I knew but gave me better understanding particularly with statistics.
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