It’s time to face the facts on alcohol
80 per cent of Queenslanders believe that Australia has a problem with alcohol and 81 per cent think that more needs to be done to address alcohol-related harms.
40 per cent of Queenslanders have been affected by alcohol-related violence.
Alcohol has never been more readily available in Queensland with one liquor licence for every 673 people.
The excessive availability of alcohol is a significant contributor to alcohol-related harms, with increases in liquor outlets and trading hours both contributing to these harms
In 2011-12 there were 33,977 alcohol-related hospitalisations in Queensland, representing an increase of 57 per cent, from 21,625 in 2002-03.
In 2012 there were 91,783 alcohol-related emergency department presentations in Queensland, representing an increase of 31 per cent, from 70,170 in 2007.
In 2010-11 there were 9,772 alcohol treatment episodes where alcohol was the principal drug of concern in Queensland, representing an increase of 45 per cent from 6,740 in 2005-06.
In 2012 there were 45 drink driving road fatalities in Queensland, representing a decrease of 44 per cent from 80 in 2003. Drink driving fatalities increased between 2003 and 2007 and declined from 2007 to 2012.
In 2012 there were 562 drink driving hospitalisations in Queensland, representing a decrease of three per cent from 582 in 2003. Drink driving hospitalisations increased between 2003 and 2008 and declined from 2007 to 2012.
Source: Alcohol Related Harms in Queensland, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), July 2013.