Alcohol kills 15 Australians every day

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Canberra: Alcohol causes 15 deaths and hospitalises 430 Australians

every day with the numbers rapidly increasing over the past decade, a

new study released Thursday said. VicHealth and Foundation for Alcohol

Research and Education (FARE) funded the study, and it found 5,554

deaths and 157,132 hospitalisations were caused by alcohol since 2010,

Xinhua reported. The study said that the number of deaths has

increased by 62 percent since the study was last undertaken a decade

ago. FARE chief executive Michael Thorn said Australian governments

can no longer ignore the urgent need for decisive and effective action

to reduce the rising toll. "A decade ago alcohol was responsible for

3,430 deaths per year. Now that figure stands at 5,554. Governments

can't afford to wait another 10 years to act. Only decisive,

evidence-based action will stem Australia's worsening alcohol toll,"

Thorn said. Thorn said population-wide measures that address the

price, promotion and availability of alcohol would not only save lives

but also deliver significant financial savings to cash-strapped

governments. VicHealth also said that this study highlights the

dangers of alcohol and a need to approach Australia' s drinking

problem from all angles.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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