It is often quoted on different occasions that it is our choices which makes us who we are; when it comes to young age, most of the times their choices do not prove to be well. Excessive consumption of alcohol is one of the many choices, which adolescents finds themselves trapped in. Many human beings are experiencing addiction to alcohol at very early age resulting in many health problems in countries like Australia.
The essay onwards will be focusing on various issues associated with alcohol consumptions of Australian youth, appropriate relevant economic model and their consequences.
BINGE DRINKING: A Habit with Bitter Consequences:
According to a report, every one out of eighth death of an AUSTRALIAN under age of 21 is somehow related to alcohol consumption (Mower, 2013). Life itself is the greatest gift of GOD and anything or any habit which may cause to damage this gift in any manner should be considered threatening and excessive drinking is one of them as the report depicts.
While talking about binge drinking, economical cost is another factor which plays an important on individual and collective level. Analyzing the discomforts and damage related to excessive use of alcohol, the social cost of its abuse was estimated to be in excess of $15b with $15.5b attributed to both tangible and intangible cost combined (Mazerolle, Smith & Manning, 2013).
According to recent data, a massive revenue of $5.47b was collected including custom duty and other expanses.
Some strategies and policies have been developed to address this issue few of those are mentioned below.
- Monitor and review of alcohol promotions
- Increase community awareness and understanding of the extent and impacts of intoxication
- Improve enforcement of liquor licensing regulations
- Support whole-of-community initiatives to reduce alcohol-related health problems
- Develop and implement social marketing campaigns to reduce alcohol-related harms.