New report - What alcohol costs Australian society?

New report: What alcohol costs Australian society

The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a new examination of the economic data on the societal costs of alcohol to Australia, using a range of existing data sources. Some key points from this report are:

  • Costs were estimated using both statistical data and incident data sourced from existing statistics, the criminal justice system, the health system, workplace productivity and road accident data
  • The costs included a range of harms such as:
    • Premature death
    • Perceived loss of safety through fear of crime and victimisation
    • Lost workplace productivity and absenteeism
    • Alcohol’s cost to society in 2010 was calculated to be $14,352 billion –  over twice the amount of tax revenue generated from alcohol sales ($7.075 billion)

Full report:The societal costs of alcohol misuse in Australia