With any serious issue, its always important to differentiate the truth from myths and rumours.
The Salvation Army has compiled 'The Facts' series in order to help you understand the risks and consequences associated with social issues like binge drinking, problem gambling and drug use.
Our research has been drawn from professional reports and studies, and has been further verified by experts from academic and social work backgrounds, including Salvation Army staff who confront these issues every day.
The Facts: Binge Drinking and Alcohol Abuse
Do you know that drinking alcohol can increase the risk of cancer? Research commissioned by The Salvation Army in 2006 revealed that only 12% of Australians were certain that there were links between alcohol and cancer, even though it has been proven that drinking alcohol increases the risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver and breast cancers.
In response, The Salvation Army compiled 'The Facts: Binge Drinking and Alcohol Abuse' to make sure that Australians have access to information on the risk factors associated with alcohol.
The Facts: Dealing With Problem Gambling
There are over 300,000 problem gamblers in Australia, but for every one problem gambler, many more people are impacted - usually family, friends and employers - creating a flow that affects more than two million people nationally.
Anyone can become a problem gambler, and problems can develop quite quickly. This is not a problem that discriminates based on age, income, education, or ethnic background. Make sure you're aware of the dangers and warning signs!