A survey has revealed that fifty six percent of women aged between 35-59 years living on the Northern Beaches believe there is problematic drinking among women in their age group in the area.
In fact, 97 per cent of women surveyed drank alcohol, with sixty eight percent being either a moderate-risk or high-risk drinker. Most reported using alcohol for enjoyment, socialisation and to cope with stress from the complexities and pressures of life.
The Women & Alcohol Survey was conducted by Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) earlier this year and delved into the experience and feedback from 583 local women.
The alcohol issue first came to the attention of researchers when local data showed that NSLHD had the highest number and rate of alcohol attributable hospitalisations in NSW between 2017-18.
Moreover, women aged 35-54 years were over-represented in these figures and specifically women on the Northern Beaches were 40 per cent above the NSW rate.
Health Promotion Officer, Rebecca Macnaughton said: "While hospitalisation data is thought to be inflated by the number of private hospitals in Northern Sydney, our women are increasingly exceeding the NHMRC Australian Risk Drinking Guidelines and are accessing local drug & alcohol services in increasing numbers.
"All of these data sources point to an increasing level of alcohol related harm among Northern Beaches women.