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Catalano, P., Chikritzhs, T., N., Stockwell, T., R., Webb, M., Rohlin, C. and Dietze, P. (2001). Trends in per capita alcohol consumption in Australia, 1990/91 - 1998/99. National Alcohol Indicators Project, Bulletin No. 4. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. [R110] Link

Adult per capita pure alcohol consumption (APCC) is an important indicator of the level of alcohol-related harm in a community. There are strong relationships between APCC and alcohol-caused morbidity and mortality including that from alcohol-related car crashes (Chikritzhs) et al., 2000ab, Chikritzhs et al., 1999). A recent comprehensive analysis of data for 14 European countries found strong and significant relationships between PCC and rates of death caused by injuries from all causes (Skog, 2001). This Bulletin provides, for the first time, state and territory estimates for APCC that are adjusted for tourism and differences in the typical alcohol contents of the various beverages sold throughout Australia. These data represent the only source of information in Australia on the regional differences in APCC. This Bulletin is accompanied by a Technical Report, which is available on request.

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