Scores of middle-class Australians are drinking at dangerous levels and ending up in emergency departments with alcohol-related problems, the largest survey of Australians’ present drug and alcohol use has found.

Addiction medicine specialists say the Global Drug Survey of 22,000 people worldwide has identified a largely invisible group of professional Australians who are drinking excessively, causing untold harm to themselves and others.

The survey of 6605 Australians conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media in November found that while 85 per cent of respondents had taken at least one illegal drug in their life, alcohol was the most popular and commonly used drug.

via Drugs and alcohol: the secret life of us.