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Reducing alcohol-related violence and other harm in Australia

Wayne D Hall and Megan Weier
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (3): 111-112. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01094

We need to increase alcohol taxation and reduce hours of sale to reduce alcohol-related harms

Alcohol can harm drinkers and non-drinkers as a result of the acute effects of alcohol intoxication (eg, injuries, car crash deaths, assaults and suicides) and the effects of sustained heavy drinking (alcohol dependence, liver disease, heart disease, strokes and cancers). In the most recent study of the behavioural risk factors that contribute to the Australian burden of disease, alcohol was the third most important (5.1%) after tobacco smoking (9%) and high body mass (5.5%). It accounted for 28% of road traffic crash burden of disease, 24% of chronic liver disease and 23% of self-inflicted injury.1

  • Wayne D Hall1,2
  • Megan Weier1

  • 1 Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2 National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London, London, UK

Correspondence: w.hall@uq.edu.au

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