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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Community Survey

During the latter part of 2006 a community survey was conducted with a representative sample of residents of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Over 400 people took part in the survey, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank them for taking the time to complete our survey.

The aim of the survey was to investigate people's drinking habits, their perception of alcohol related harm in general and in the community of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in particular. The results will assist the researchers in determining what types of interventions are most appropriate for this community and provides a baseline result to which results of future interventions can be compared to.

Some of the findings of the baseline survey are:

  1. Approximately two thirds (68%) of those who have had at least one standard drink in the past year, drink at least once a week and 1 in 5 do so everyday, a rate which is twice the state average.
  2. Men in Kalgoorlie-Boulder binge drink at almost twice the state average but more worryingly, women in Kalgoorlie-Boulder binge drink at almost three times the state average and more than twice as much as Kalgoorlie men.
  3. The majority of respondents usually drank alcohol at home (65.4%) or at the pub (37.3%), with half of the sample consuming the most alcohol at home (50.6%).
  4. Half of respondents usually drank the most alcohol on the weekends with one quarter drinking spread evenly during the week.
  5. Alcohol related violence, public drunkenness and drink driving were the three main alcohol related problems in the community, and most respondents indicated that these issues have got worse or much worse in the 12 month prior to the survey.
  6. Respondents were generally unsure of what services and information resources related to alcohol were available in the community or whether local drinking establishments served alcohol responsibly.
  7. Community support for measures designed to reduce problems associated with excessive use of alcohol was varied, with some measures being more supported than other.

A copy of the complete report, in PDF format can be downloaded here.

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