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28 Jan. 2021

Study: Alcohol-related admissions at Alice Springs Hospital down after implementation of NT alcohol reforms

The below excerpt is from ABC News:

The Flinders University study analysed 1,323 ICU admissions, 622 in the 12 months before the policies were introduced and 701 after.

The study found that between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, acute alcohol misuse admissions accounted for 19 per cent of admissions.

Between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 they accounted for just under 12 per cent.

"For that, someone had to arrive in hospital either intoxicated or with a positive blood level, arrive with a diagnosis due to alcohol, or exhibit alcohol withdrawal symptoms," Dr Secombe said.

Admissions for chronic misuse of alcohol were also down from 13 per cent to 9 per cent.

This category included people with serious organ failure, chronic alcohol-induced pancreatitis, or an alcohol-acquired brain injury.

*With files from the ABC.