Australia Day 2016: alcohol-related presentations to emergency departments

Diana Egerton-Warburton, Andrew Gosbell, Angela Wadsworth, Daniel M Fatovich and Drew B Richardson
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (1): 40. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01038

Australia Day, a national day for commemoration and reflection, has also become associated with high levels of risky drinking. It has been described as “our national day to get drunk and nasty”.1 Some state-based data indicate that the number of presentations to emergency departments (EDs) related to alcohol use increases on Australia Day, but this has not been quantified at the national level.2,3

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  • Diana Egerton-Warburton1,2
  • Andrew Gosbell3
  • Angela Wadsworth3
  • Daniel M Fatovich4
  • Drew B Richardson5

  • 1 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Melbourne, VIC
  • 4 University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • 5 Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT


Funding was provided by the Australian Rechabite Foundation.

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No relevant disclosures.


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