Alcohol in Australia 2015

Alcohol damage is ravaging Australia more than almost everywhere else and it is getting worse every year.

“Alcohol is responsible for a considerable burden of death, disease and injury in Australia. Alcohol-related harm to health is not limited to drinkers but also affects families, bystanders and the broader community”

The NHMRC, from the Australian Government, 2015. 

In the report, Australian adults:

  • 83% have consumed an alcoholic drink in the past 12 months
  • 41% drink weekly
  • 8% drink daily

Alcohol use in Australia:

  • Alcohol is much more readily available now
  • Alcohol is cheaper now compared with income
  • Experience with alcohol is high among secondary school students
  • By age of 14, 90% of students have tried alcohol
  • By age 17, 70% of students have consumed alcohol in the last mont 
  • Over 13% of all deaths among 14–17-year-old Australians are caused by alcohol
  • 1 Australian teenager dies each week from alcohol-related causes
  • Over 60 Australian teenagers are hospitalised each week from alcohol-related causes
  • Alcohol consumption in Australia accounted for 3.3% of the total burden of disease and injury in 2003 and has grown dramatically since then
  • Almost two 65-74-year-old Australians die from alcohol-related causes every day
  • Alcohol is involved in up to half of all violent crimes (including domestic violence)
  • Alcohol cost the Australian community about $15.3 billion in 2004 (and has grown every year since then)

 “Alcohol is second only to tobacco as a preventable cause of drug-related death and hospitalisation and from 1992-2001, more than 31,000 deaths were attributed to risky or high-risk alcohol consumption”

Posted: Monday 16 March 2015