Last week Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, in collaboration with Ambulance Victoria, released a new report on alcohol and drug ambulance attendances in Victoria for the year 2011-12.
This report offers rich data on measurable harms from alcohol and drug use in each Australian state or territory. Some key points relating to alcohol from this report include:
- Alcohol-related ambulance attendances were most common in all areas, compared to illicit or prescription drugs. (8,824 in metropolitan Melbourne and 2,594 in regional Victoria.)
- Alcohol-related attendances increased by 27 per cent between 2010-11 and 2011-12.
- The City of Melbourne was the local government area (LGA) with the highest proportion of alcohol-related attendances, with Greater Geelong being the regional LGA with the highest number for the period.
- The mean age for patients presenting with alcohol-only issues was 38, and 65 per cent were male – for both metropolitan and regional areas.
- Over 40 per cent of alcohol-related ambulance attendances occur on Saturdays and Sundays, with the peak times being between 10pm and 2am.
Summary report: Ambo project: alcohol and drug related ambulance attendances