A recent report published by Flinders University’s National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) revealed that alcohol and other drugs is costing the Australian economy more than $3 billion annually. This is an increase from $1.2 bn in 2001.
The lead author of the report, Professor Ann Roche, Director of NCETA said that commonly we don’t realise that drinking was the cause of of our absenteeism because it is a symptom of the heavy drinking that causes sickness. For example she says people may drink heavily on Saturday night and stay off work on Monday due to diarrhoea as a result of the drinking.
Find out more about the research here.