Cheers to drinking less, but we’re tipping the scales

PEOPLE in Ipswich may not live as long as those in Brisbane but they have the best record in the state for avoiding risky alcohol consumption.

The West Moreton health service area ranked the best in the state for lifetime alcohol consumption in the Chief Health Officer report released on Wednesday.

While statistics show the area is higher than the state average for obesity and smoking, when it comes to risky lifetime alcohol consumption, West Moreton falls 24% below the state average.

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Shaun Rudd said it was surprising, considering the area ranked among the worst in the state for cardiovascular disease death rates.

The area also has a 15% higher obesity rate and a 10% higher smoking rate than the state average.

"It's an odd one that sticks out," he said.

"But reading between the lines, maybe it's the fact that it's not as easy to get alcohol.

"Maybe there aren't as many clubs that stay open late at night. Maybe they've got some very good advice from their local general practitioners."

Dr Rudd said health problems within the report, including death rates, came down to the social demographic of the West Moreton area.

"Lifestyle determines where you end up," Dr Rudd said.

"If you don't have any money you tend to make poor choices, you tend to smoke and drink alcohol and buy inappropriate foods.

"And you obviously end up more overweight and more unhealthy and likely to have cardiovascular disease."

The Chief Health Officer report found half of Queensland adults were drinking at levels that could affect their health.

The guideline for remaining under the risk level is no more than two standard drinks for both men and women in one day.



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