International experts are warning that one in five New Zealanders faces alcohol-related brain damage from our heavy drinking culture.
It is estimated 800,000 New Zealanders binge drink regularly placing them at high risk of alcohol related brain damage.
Chief executive of Australian based organisation, Alcohol Related Brain Injury Australian Services ( ARBIAS ), Sonia Burton says it is critical that New Zealanders wake up to the issue.
“It’s almost like boxing, you know, it’s like taking a blow to the brain every time you binge drink,” she says.
For young people the statistics are even worse – with 50% of those under 25 binge drinking regularly.
“That’s half your future generation that is placing themselves at risk of alcohol related brain damage,” she says.
“We are growing a real problem for ourselves,” she says.
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