Alcohol and injury
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommend for healthy men and women, drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion. 1
Evidence shows that as more alcohol is consumed on a single occasion, skills and inhibitions decrease while risky behaviour increases, leading to a greater risk of injury during, or immediately after that occasion. 1
Facts and Figures
A large range of injuries can occur when you drink alcohol. A large number of people in Western Australia are admitted to hospital for burns, falls, assaults and other injuries as a result of consuming too much alcohol on one occasion.
Did you know?
- From 2007 to 2011, approximately 7,012 people in Western Australia were hospitalised every year due to alcohol-caused injury. The most common alcohol-caused injuries are falls, assaults and suicide attempts. In Western Australia, males accounted for 54% of all alcohol-related injury hospitalisations. 2
- In 2011, in Western Australia, there were 46,807 bed-days as a result of alcohol-caused injury. 2
- From 2007 to 2011 a substantially larger number of males (143) compared to females (40) died as a result of alcohol-caused injury each year in Western Australia. 2
- There are approximately 183 deaths every year in Western Australia as a result of alcohol-caused injury. 2
- Suicide and road injuries are the most common alcohol-caused deaths in Western Australia. 2