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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Title

Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

Other title

Tabled Paper 381

Collection

Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

1991-08-15

Description

Tabled by Eric Poole

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

File type

application/pdf

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Copyright owner

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021C00044

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/294313

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396548

Page content

2. BACKGROUND According to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare (1977) and the National Health & Medical Research Council, alcohol problems in Australia have reached epidemic proportions and constitute the nations fourth most serious health problem. One in ten Australians unknowingly suffer subtle but serious brain damage (Staples, 1990). They may suffer substantially from the toxic effects of alcohol (ethanol) without e v e r having been intoxicated at all (Parker & Noble, 1977). In the decade 1967 - 1977, alcohol was the major cause of death of over 30,000 Australians. The Special Premiers Conference on Drugs (1985) found that the total harm associated with alcohol greatly exceeded that related to the use of illicit drugs. It was agreed that there was urgent need for a comprehensive plan of action. In response to this urgency, the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy adopted the N a t i o n a l H e a l t h P o l i c y o n A l c o h o l in A u s t r a l i a in M a r c h , 1989. The main objective of this Policy is to prevent and/or minimise the harm associated with the use of alcohol and to promote its responsible consumption. At the same time, E x a m p l e s o f S t r a t e g i e s -For the I m p l e m e n t a t i o n o f the N a t i o n a l H e a l t h P o l i c y o n A l c o h o l in A u s t r a l i a was endorsed. This provides States & Territories with various suggestions on how the Policy might be implemented. 2


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