#938 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 3 Aug 2014.
A report prepared by the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre claims that alcohol consumption kills 15 Australians every day, and more than 430 are admitted to hospital every day in Australia due to alcohol-related illnesses.
The researchers analysed data on population, alcohol consumption and causes of death and hospitalisation to model the health impact of alcohol based on its contribution to various diseases and injury. The report found that in NSW, alcohol was the leading factor in 3.8 per cent of deaths.
Dr Michael Thorn, from the Foundation for Alcohol Research, said Australia’s heavy drinking culture showed little sign of abating, and alcohol had never been more affordable or more available.
The NSW Council of Churches has called on the NSW Government to consider implementing harm minimisation measures such as earlier pub closing times, lock-outs, restricting the advertising of alcohol, and raising the legal drinking age in NSW to help reduce alcohol consumption.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.