A new study into contributing factors for suicide among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (NT) has revealed alcohol to be a very influential one. The study examined themes in 411 NT coroners’ reports over a ten year period. Key points include
- Alcohol was present in the blood or alcohol abuse was mentioned in 64% (n=261) of all suicide reports:
- 72% of Indigenous cases
- 55% of non-Indigenous case
- Of these, BAC was over 0.05% for 61% of Indigenous and 33% of non-Indigenous cases
- Alcohol was a more influential factor compared to others such as conflict and relationship breakdown or mental health issues
- The study aligns with previous research in showing that alcohol abuse has a substantial impact on suicide rates, particularly for Indigenous people.
Full study: Kuipers P, Appleton J & Pridmore S 2012 “Thematic analysis of key factors associated with Indigenous and non-Indigenous suicide in the Northern Territory, Australia”, Rural and Remote Health 12: 2235.