On the Rocks Down Under –
June 22, 2019 – Lead researcher Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo said almost 6000 Australians die from alcohol-related harm each year. “That’s about one person every 90 minutes,” she said. “Yet up to half a million Australians are unable to access the help they need from alcohol and other drug treatment services, with the largest unmet demand being for alcohol dependence.”
Associate Professor Bonomo said while there was no doubt crystal meth and heroin were causing profound challenges, the dangerous effects of alcohol cannot be ignored. The costs of alcohol to the Australian community is estimated to be $6.8 billion annually, compared with methamphetamine at $5 billion, the Australian Drug Harms Ranking Study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found.