The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is running a two-day summit in Canberra, from 28 to 29 October. The summit will feature a range of stakeholders who have come together to talk about the harms alcohol brings to Australian communities, and to work out ways of addressing Australia’s unsafe drinking culture.
According to the AMA,
- On average, alcohol causes 15 deaths and hospitalises 430 Australians every day.
- The number of Australians killed or hospitalised because of alcohol consumption has increased in the last decade.
- One in five Australians consumes alcohol at levels that puts them at risk of lifetime harm from injury or disease.
- Alcohol has been causally linked to at least 60 different medical conditions. Longer-term health problems associated with risky alcohol use include liver damage, heart damage, and increased risk of some cancers.
- Alcohol is a greater factor than speed, fatigue, weather, or road conditions in fatal road crashes in Australia, and is responsible for more than a third of road deaths. Every year, alcohol consumption is responsible for over 11,000 hospitalisations among young people aged 15-24 years. Each week, approximately one death and 65 hospitalisations among the under-aged (14-17 years) are attributed to alcohol.