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Two-thirds of Wide Bay adults drink at risky levels

WE'RE self-confessed big drinkers, with two-thirds of adults in the Wide Bay admitting they drink at risky levels.

Close to 14% of Wide Bay adults drink at levels that risk their long-term health, and 8.5% are drinking short-term risky levels on a weekly basis.

The 2011-12 Self Health report for the Wide Bay region shows it is mostly men willing to take the risk, with 13.6% admitting to risky levels of drinking every week compared to 3.6% of women.

In total, about 66% of Wide Bay adults said they drink at low risk levels.

The risks were based on the 2001 guidelines produced by the NMRC, which suggest more than six drinks per session for men is risky in the short term, and four to six drinks per day is risky for long term health.

For men, the 2001 guidelines show four-seven drinks in one session is risky in the short term and two-four drinks a day is risky for long term health.

The 2001 guide has now been replaced by a new set of guidelines that suggest even lower drinks to avoid risk.

Adults who drink more than two alcoholic drinks per day are at risk long-term, and more than four drinks at one time is considered risky for short term health.

The Cancer Council Queensland estimates about 5% of new cancer diagnoses each year are the result of chronic alcohol use.

The CCQ recommends adults stick to the National Medical Research Council guidelines.

The Fraser Coast is being encouraging to give up the booze for a month and opt to help raise money for cancer instead.

Nominations for Dry July opened this month and will see funds raised go to accommodation for cancer patients in regional Queensland, the Mater Foundation and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

For the Wide Bay, going without a drink for the month could also help prevent cancer.

Visit www.alcohol.gov.au to find out more on drinking safely.

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