Drug and alcohol related harms in Victoria – new statistics released

Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre has published the latest issue of the Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook, which provides an overview of the use of alcohol and drugs, and associated harms, in the state of Victoria from 2001 to 2011. The report highlights that problematic alcohol consumption remains a problem in this state, noting the following:

  • 7 in 1000 drivers continue to test positive blood alcohol content (BAC) in roadside tests
  • The number of alcohol-related ambulance attendances has substantially increased in 2011
  • Alcohol continues to be the most common (56%) drug of concern among those who access treatment services

Full report: The Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook: Patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2010 to June 2011, Victorian Government Publishing Service.