Survey says rural communities drink because there's nothing better to do

Boredom is a major factor driving people to drink alcohol in regional Australian centres like Orange, a survey has revealed. Almost one in four people in regional areas admitted to being unable to go for longer than a week without drinking, saying there was a lack of fun alternative activities. This compares to only 10 per cent of those living in the city. Lyndon Community addiction physician Dr Rod MacQueen said boredom was an excuse that many people in Orange used for underlying drinking problems.

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