Binge Drinking

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Mount Isa residents are more likely to binge drink than their Gold Coast counterparts, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Because of its large mining workforce there is a binge drinking culture.
So says Jordan Hawke, executive general manager of insurance company Asteron Life, which analysed data for the Australian Bureau of Statistics for The Sun Herald.
“Workers in Mount Isa are in that younger age group – they work two weeks on and two weeks off,” Mr Hawke said.
“When they get it off they get it on.”
Many of the miners are employed by Mount Isa Mines, owned by Xstrata Copper.

In February, the Federal Government recognised a need to combat binge drinking in the Mount Isa and Cloncurry areas handing over $278,981 to the Cloncurry PCYC for the Chill Out project.
But Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady says Mount Isa does not have a problem with binge drinking.
“The incidences of drunkenness is limited and there is no evidence that binge drinking takes place among adults in this city,” Councillor McGrady said.
“Mount Isa is one of the oldest mining communities but we are a very sophisticated community.
“The vast majority of people in Mount Isa drink in moderation.”
Cr McGrady was skeptical of the ABS figures and questioned their validity.
“Why are we spending taxpayers’ money on these inquiries; can’t the money be put to better use?” he said.
“People who make these comments cause a lot of damage in communities. Show me the…...

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