Alcohol consumption is a significant cause of death, disease and injury in Australia. Responsible Service of Alcohol legislation was introduced to minimise the harm associated with alcohol consumptions. Drinking is a major factor in many of the injuries that occur from road crashes and other accidents as well as social problems such as violence, family breakdown, child abuse and neglect. Alcohol-related harm is not restricted to individual drinkers but extends to families, bystanders and the broader community.
Alcohol also places a burden on government health systems, and in Australia alcohol is second only to tobacco as a preventable cause of drug-related death and hospitalisation.
The effects of alcohol consumption go beyond diseases, accidents and injuries to a range of adverse social consequences both for the drinker and for others in the community. These consequences include harm to family members (including children) and to friends and workmates, as well as to bystanders and strangers.
Concerns to the community that are associated with alcohol use include noise, litter, offensive behaviour, vandalism, aggression, petty crime, assault and road safety issues. Many of these social consequences can result to violence or injury to others.
Excessive alcohol consumption has been found to be a contributing factor in:
- ⅓ of all road deaths in Australia
- 50% of cases of domestic, physical, and sexual violence
- 40% of violent crimes and 70-80% of night-time assaults
- Homicides (34% of offenders and 31% of victims)
- Problems faced by 15-24 year olds linked with violence, crime, vandalism and property destruction
Deliver RSA in a professional manner to reduce harm associated with drinking alcohol.