The Australian National Council on Drugs report, which was released this week, makes for pretty sobering reading. In short the key findings were:
- almost one in eight deaths of people aged under 25 is owed to alcohol
- 60 per cent of all police attendances (including 90 per cent of late-night calls) involve alcohol
- one in five hospitalisations of people under 25 is owed to alcohol
- 20 per cent of Australians drink at levels putting them at risk of lifetime harm
- almost two-thirds of 18–29-year-olds drink ‘specifically to get drunk’.
This is the background to Byron’s even greater problems of late-night intoxication and violence. I wonder how the local Liquor Accord accounts for these findings in their defence of Byron’s late-night alcohol supply.
Dr David Moss, Byron Bay