One in five experience drinking problems

Australians rank in the middle of the world's worst abusers of alcohol, with few looking for help to curb its impact on their health, research shows.

A study by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has found 18 per cent of Australians will experience periods of problematic drinking within their lifetime, while four per cent become alcoholic.

Problematic drinking includes being unable to perform duties at home or work, or having alcohol-related influence with a spouse or run-ins with the law.

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