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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
“It is it is of vital importance to develop a national approach to the growing alcohol problem in our community,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said today.
Dr Gannon’s comments follow the conclusion of the Federal AMA National Alcohol Summit held in Canberra this week.
The summit featured political, medical, public health and community leaders, police, families of victims, and other stakeholders who came together to discuss the range of harms that alcohol brings to the Australian community. The summit sought to develop practical solutions to produce a safer, more responsible drinking culture in Australia.
“Make no mistake that Australia has an alcohol problem,” Dr Gannon said.
“430 Australians are hospitalised every day because of excessive alcohol consumption, and this number is on the rise.
“The health, social, and economic burden caused by alcohol in Australia is completely unacceptable.
“The level of alcohol fuelled violence we see on our streets is shocking, and as doctors, we see the tragedies that alcohol causes on a daily basis.
“We need to take action on what is a major national problem, and the Association is grateful that a much needed summit on the dangers of alcohol is underway.
“As Federal AMA President A/Prof Brian Owler has said, we are not calling for a ban on alcohol. What this country needs is a safer and more responsible drinking culture,” Dr Gannon said.
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