Last week the Audit Office of New South Wales released a report on the cost of alcohol abuse to the New South Wales Government. The brief of the audit was to investigate the extent in which the NSW Government was aware of the costs of alcohol abuse within the state and to what degree it was communicating this to the people of New South Wales.
The report found:
- The societal costs from alcohol abuse related harms in NSW were estimated at $3.87 billion per annum, or $1565 per household
- The costs to government were estimated at $1.029 billion per annum, or $416 per household
- The greatest costs to government related to policing, out-of-home care and child protection services, and alcohol-attributable hospitalisations
- Alcohol is not sufficiently identified or isolated in all reporting, which limits the state’s ability to understand the issue and to communicate it to the state
The full report can be downloaded from the Audit Office’s website.