Almost 6,000 Australians died from alcohol-attributable disease in a single year, about one every 90 minutes, according to new research as reported by Cancer Council in Western Australia.
The National Alcohol Indicators (NAI) project, conducted by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University, found:
• An estimated 5,797 Australians aged 15 and over died from alcohol-attributable causes in 2015
• Cancer was responsible for 2,106 (36%) of those deaths while injuries, cardiovascular disease and digestive diseases were the next leading cause (17%, about 1000 deaths each)
• Breast cancer (18%) and liver disease (15%) were the biggest killers among women; among men, liver disease (18%) and bowel (colorectal) cancer (10%) were the most common conditions caused by alcohol
• Hospitalisations attributable to alcohol exceeded 144,000 in 2012-13, an average of about 400 a day
• Alcohol dependence (21%), falls (12%) and alcohol abuse (10%) were the main causes of hospitalisation.
Interview with Dr Robert Kaldawi (Bio-medicine), talking about risks and tips to minimize alcohol harm this holiday season