Alcohol harm statistics
When you drink too much, you put yourself at an increased risk of a variety of serious problems:
Alcohol is responsible for, or contributes to:
- 30% of road accidents 
- 44% of fire injuries 
- 34% of falls and drownings 
- 16% of child abuse cases 
- 12% of suicides 
- 10% of industrial accidents 
- approximately 12,500 hospitalisations (both chronic and acute) in South Australia each year 
- approximately 600 deaths in South Australia each year resulting from chronic and acute conditions 
- exacerbating depression.
In 2010, more than 70,000 Australians were victims of alcohol-related assault, among which 24,000 were victims of alcohol-related domestic violence. 
In 2008/09, in the Adelaide central business district:
- 58% of victim-reported crime was alcohol related. 
- 65% of serious assaults were alcohol related. 
- 65% of minor assaults were alcohol related in 2008-09. 
- In 2009, 90 alcohol-related incidents of glassings occurred (smashed drink container used as a weapon). 
For more information about legal consequences of drinking too much, visit the Alcohol and the law page.
In a six-country research project, 39.8 % of men who drink too much aged 18 to 23 agreed that excessive alcohol consumption had had a harmful effect on social aspects of their lives (work/studies/employment prospects, marriage/intimate relationship, family relationships, friendships/social life, physical health, finances). The figure for males aged 24 to 32 was 23.8%. The responses for females in corresponding age groups were 28.4% and 11% respectively.
In the same study, 13% of respondents reported being asked by their spouse/partner, colleague/schoolmate, doctor/health worker to reduce their drinking.
 National Centre for Education and Training on Addication (NCETA) Consortium. (2004), Alcohol and Other Drugs: A Handbook for Health Professionals. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
 Roche, A.M, Bywood, P.T, Borlagdon, J, Lunnay, B, Freeman, T, Lawton, L, Tovell, A & Nicholas, R. (2007). Young People and Alcohol: The Role of Cultural Influences, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, South Australia.
 South Australia Police website data
 South Australia Police (July 2010). Alcohol and Crime Report.
 Plant, M.A. Plant, M.L, The social consequences of binge drinking: A comparison of young adults in six European countries, Journal of Addictive Diseases, 28: 4, 294-308, 2009.