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Second-hand drinking is damaging, particularly for nearest and dearest

Being harassed, bothered, called names, or otherwise insulted is among a number of forms of second-hand drinking harm, the impact of which researchers are only just starting to capture. “It’s only really in the last 10 years or so that people have started thinking about it in a broader scale and framing it more generally as harm from others’ drinking. About a third of the adults don’t drink at all in the US. Professor Simone Pettigrew, from Curtin University’s School of Psychology and a member of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board Steering Committee, adds that the cost of alcohol-related harm in Australia is estimated to be about $36 billion a year. ” “Fundamentally, we tend to think of drinking in terms of the harm on the drinker,” he says.

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