New Myths About Australia’s Dangerous Drinking

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In May 2014, a report was released called Alcohol's Burden of Disease in Australia. According to the infographics helpfully released with the report, fifteen people a day die in Australia from alcohol-related causes, and a further 430 are hospitalised. The immediate media response was satisfyingly gloomy. Headlines included: "Our boozy culture is killing us" (Age), "15 Australians die each day from alcohol-related illnesses" (ABC Online), "Alcohol is killing 15 Australians a day and experts want tough new warning labels" ( and "Australia's daily alcohol toll: 15 deaths and 430 hospitalisations" (Conversation). Media sources were especially interested in reporting that Australia's death rate from alcohol-related disease had apparently risen by around 60 per cent in the last decade.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationQuadrant
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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