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Alcohol injuries

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Many Australians drink some alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption is a major cause of road and other accidents, violence, crime, liver injury and brain damage.

According to the National Drug Household Survey in 2013:

  • About 1 in 5 alcohol drinkers aged 14 or older had put themselves or others at risk of injury or harm while drinking in the previous 12 months. Driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol was the most common risky activity undertaken. 
  • Over 1 in 4 Australians aged 14 or older had been a victim of an alcohol related incident in 2013. This included many types of abuse, including verbal abuse. 
  • About 4 in 5 Australians aged 14 or over reported they had consumer alcohol in the past year and 6.5% said they consumed alcohol on a daily basis. 
  • Adults aged 18-24 were more likely to binge drink than the rest of the population. Men were more likely to binge drink than women.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about the health effects of alcohol use and injuries resulting from alcohol use.

Last reviewed: July 2016

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