Alcohol Abuse Cost Reaches $8 billion

Alcohol Abuse Cost Reaches $8 billion

Tuesday, March 21st 2006

Alcohol abuse is costing Australia more than A$7 billion ($7.9 billion) a year, a Government report said yesterday.

The report found that in 1998 alone, more than 2000 Australians died as a result of alcohol misuse, which is the equivalent of 47,887 potential years of life lost.

Of the total cost to the taxpayer of A$7.6 billion ($8.6 billion) in 1998-99, just over A$2 billion ($2.26 billion) was due to premature death, and the remaining A$5.5 billion ($6.2 billion) was caused by costs arising from car accidents, crime, absenteeism at work and fires.

The cost of alcohol misuse represented just over a fifth of the total A$34.4 billion ($39 billion) overall cost of drug abuse in Australia, according to the Alcohol Strategy report.

The repost, released as part of a national Drug Action Week, found that one in 10 Australians drinks at risky levels, consuming between five and eleven drinks a day.

James Pitts, of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsel of Australia, said one of the most disturbing trends was the number of young women and teenage girls indulging in binge drinking.

"Advertisements are specifically targeting young women, particularly with mixed drinks and so-called alcopops," he said.

"These sorts of drinks are attractive to underage drinkers, particularly if they are just starting off."

"Often they don't even taste of alcohol," Pitts said.

"Women have pushed and pushed for equality and now feel they have just as much right as young men to screw up their health with things like drinking and smoking."

Last week a report in the Medical Journal of Australia found that 70 per cent of young Australian women engaged in binge drinking, defined as consuming five or more drinks in one session.

Health experts warned that alcohol abuse among teenage girls could lead to a range of other problems, from unwanted pregnancy and depression to drink-driving, violence and criminal activity.

Earlier this year a Victoria-based company was banned from selling an alcoholic milk drink called Moo Joose.

Sourced from the New Zealand Herald, 28 June 2003

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