1 in 8 deaths of Australians aged under 25 is now related to alcohol consumption, a report has revealed.
The Australian National Council on Drugs Alcohol Action Plan report (ANCD) also found 60% of all police call outs - up to 90% at night - are alcohol-related.
ANCD chairman Dr John Herron says the report shows more work needs to be done to tackle the problem. "The level of alcohol-related damage occurring in our communities is simply appalling," he said. "The health, social and economic costs associated with alcohol use simply cannot be allowed to continue at the current level."
The report found 20% of Australians are now drinking at levels that put them at risk of lifetime harm from injury or disease.
One in eight deaths of young Australians attributable to alcohol (ABC)