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Alcohol hurting people, harming communities

Date posted: 13 July 2015

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs has tabled its report Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities. The report is the result of an extensive inquiry by the committee into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, holding hearings around Australia and receiving a large number of submissions.

Chair of the committee, the Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP said ‘The social and economic determinants of harmful alcohol use such as unemployment, poor housing, racism, trauma, poor education and peer pressure mean that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are hugely impacted by the harm caused by alcohol abuse.’

The report includes 23 recommendations which include:

The report notes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community driven strategies to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol are a starting point and need to be supported. The report also found many alcohol treatment programs were short term, under resourced, with little follow up in the community, and hence little long term impact.

The full report and background information from the inquiry, including copies of submissions and public hearing transcripts, can be found on the committee’s website at or see links below.

Source: House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs


Last updated: 13 July 2015
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