WA’s hidden crisis: Harm from alcohol

In partnership with the WA Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA), Alcohol and Drug Foundation and Telethon Kids Institute, the report ‘WA’s Hidden Crisis: Harm from Alcohol’ highlights the escalating harm from alcohol in Western Australia.

The Issue

Not enough is being done to prevent the unacceptable growing harms fuelled by alcohol in our community. In WA, alcohol-caused cancers are responsible for three deaths a week and over 1,000 hospitalisations a year. Alcohol is also responsible for many other harms. Each week eight alcohol-related deaths, 402 hospitalisations, and 180 family violence incidents occur.

Our state has one of the highest rates of emergency department presentations due to alcohol in the country, with one in five emergency department patients on a Saturday night there because of alcohol. Harms from alcohol have increased in recent years. Ambulance callouts for alcohol intoxication increased by eight per cent between 2020 and 2021.

It’s not only people who drink that are impacted by alcohol-related harms. Our ability to access urgent medical treatment, the amenity of our communities, safety on our roads, and the health and wellbeing of our children are all impacted too.

Harm from alcohol is preventable and robust evidence is available about what works to prevent harm.

Toolkit for Community Stakeholders

This toolkit provides information, materials and ideas of strategies for community groups and other organisations to raise awareness of the extent of harm from alcohol in WA. The resources have been developed to assist you to extend the reach of this messaging in your community.

Access the Toolkit for Community Stakeholders here.

The Report

Read ‘WA’s Hidden Crisis: Harm from Alcohol’ here.