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15 Australians Die From Alcohol Every Day, Report Says

A stunning increase in the numbers of Aussies injured by alcohol has prompted calls for tough warning labels.

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By Shawn Dwyer

07/30/14

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A new report issued by the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education (FARE) has revealed stark numbers for Australians regarding alcohol abuse. In the last decade alone, the number of deaths caused by alcohol increased by 62%, or 15 people per day. Another 430 people are sent to the hospital every day for alcohol-related reasons.

Because of the startling increase, experts have declared that manufacturers should be required to carry warning labels on their products stating that alcohol causes cancer and heart disease, much in the same way as cigarettes.

“The alcohol industry, like the tobacco industry before it, has long shown itself unwilling to acknowledge the extent of the harms it causes,” said Michael Thorn, chief executive at FARE.

Likewise, Ian Oliver, clinical professor of oncology at Cancer Council Australia, concurs with the idea, stating that there is a strong case to be made for requiring labels. “Any potentially harmful product should carry a warning for the consumer," he said.

Previous studies have shown that the risks for over 200 diseases increase with the routine consumption of alcohol. Alcohol has been linked to everything from cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and stroke to cancers of the liver, esophagus, and bowels.

The FARE study also broke down alcohol-related injuries by gender. Injuries accounted for one in three alcohol-related deaths for men, while for women heart disease was the cause for one in three alcohol-related deaths.

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