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the impact of

alcohol on the economy

The financial cost of alcohol harm to drinkers in Australia is estimated to be $15.3 billion. It is a cruel twist of fate that the Australian economy gains such a large contribution from something that is so detrimental to society.

On the other hand, The Range and Magnitude of Alcohol’s Harm to Others found that the total cost of alcohol-related harms to someone other than the drinker was $20 billion. This would actually bring the total cost of drinking in Australia to $36 billion. While it is difficult to put a price on the harm done to individuals, families, and communities, this proves it to be an issue that needs addressing.

Hover over the boxes below to see the associated cost.


Diminished quality of life


Cost of time lost or spent


Loss of life




Out of pocket



Road accidents


Health care


Resources used in risky








Pain and suffering


Total Cost

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