1 in 20 Australian deaths caused by alcohol and illicit drugs

March 2018
Using data from the 2011 Australian Bureau of Disease Study, researchers calculated the health impact (or ‘burden’) of alcohol and illicit drugs in this Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report. Combined, alcohol and illicit drugs were responsible for 4.5% of all deaths in Australia in 2011 – approximately 6,600 deaths, or about 1 in every 20 deaths. A media release summarising the findings is also available.

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