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by Tim Beissmann

More than one in five Australians has admitted to drink driving, according to the results of a new survey.

The 2014 Annual Alcohol Poll, released by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education from data collected by Galaxy Research, found 22 per cent of people surveyed had driven a car after drinking, including eight per cent who said they had done so in the past 12 months.

Baby boomers (those aged between 50 and 64) admitted to the highest rate of drink driving, with 27 per cent in that bracket responding positively, compared with 24 per cent of Gen X respondents (35-49 year olds) and 17 per cent from Gen Y (18-34 year olds).

The poll, based on the responses of 1545 Australian adults, found 78 per cent believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking and alcohol abuse, and a similar number (76 per cent) expect the problem to stay as bad or become worse over the next five to 10 years.

Four in five believe more needs to be done to address Australia’s perceived alcohol problem, and 64 per cent called on the government to do more to curb the issue.




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