AMA (WA) backs calls for National Summit on Drug and Alcohol Misuse

AMA (WA) backs calls for National Summit on Drug and Alcohol Misuse


Thursday 23 January 2014

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The AMA (WA) has backed calls for the Federal Government to convene a National Summit in order to combat drug and alcohol misuse in Australia.

 

AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said today that violence due to the misuse of alcohol has reached epidemic proportions, and it is time that a serious discussion and assessment on how best to combat this problem takes place.

 

“Antisocial behaviour caused by drugs and alcohol continues to be one of the major issues Australia as a society faces today,” Dr Choong said.

 

“We need action on this problem, and it needs to happen now.

 

“It’s embarrassing that drinking alcohol is part of our national identity – the fact that more alcohol related assaults happen on Australia Day than any other public holiday reinforces this.

 

“More-so, it’s extremely disconcerting that people take pride in how much they can drink on a night out.

 

“We urge the Federal Government to take this matter seriously: The Australian public is tired of constant reports in the media on alcohol-fuelled violence,” Dr Choong said.

 

Dr Choong’s comments follow Federal AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton’s request for a National Summit on alcohol, and a Parliamentary Inquiry into the marketing of alcohol to young people. To view Dr Hambleton’s comments, please click here.

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