National plan underscores alcohol related health risks

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A new national plan to address alcohol in Australian communities highlights the many health consequences associated with alcohol consumption, for both younger and older Australians.

The action plan, released yesterday by the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) includes eight key recommendations to stem “the unacceptable levels of crime, violence, health harms and family disturbance caused by alcohol.”

While the ANCD acknowledges that alcohol consumption is a regular part of social life for many Australians, it says levels and patterns of consumption are frequently unhealthy.

One in five Australians drink at levels that put them at risk of lifetime harm from injury or disease and alcohol has been causally linked to at least 60 medical conditions.

Alcohol impacts young people with 22 per cent of hospitalisations and 13 per cent of deaths of young people attributable to alcohol. Fifty-two per cent of alcohol-related road injuries and 32 per cent of alcohol-related hospital admissions for injuries from violence involve 15 – 24 year olds.

Australians over 65 are also at risk, with more than 10,000 deaths in this age group attributed to alcohol between 1994 and 2003.

“The level of alcohol related damage occurring in our communities is simply appalling,” said chairman of the ANCD, Dr John Herron. “The health social and economic costs associated with alcohol use simply cannot be allowed to continue at the current level.”

One of the national plan’s key recommendations is reigning in alcohol advertising, promotion and sponsorship…READ FULL ARTICLE.


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