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What can public health surveillance of emergency department presentations for acute alcohol problems tell us about social trends in drinking behaviour?

David J Muscatello, Sarah V Thackway, Daniel A Belshaw and David McGrath
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02768.x
Published online: 17 August 2009

To the Editor: Since colonial times, alcohol has been central to Australia’s political, cultural and social fabric.1 In the past year, concern about alcohol misuse has re-emerged as a dominant feature in the political landscape.

  • David J Muscatello
  • Sarah V Thackway
  • Daniel A Belshaw
  • David McGrath

  • NSW Department of Health, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: dmusc@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

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