Alcohol kills one in four. What do you think?
March 29, 2007 8:41am CST
ALCOHOL is to blame for more than a quarter of all deaths among young people in the developed world, and Australia's statistics are among the worst. An Australian study published in prominent international medical journal The Lancet has found that liqueur caused 27 per cent of deaths involving 15 to 29-year-olds in 2002. The review of death figures in economically-developed nations also found that illicit drugs claimed four per cent of young lives. "The problem of alcohol abuse among young people in Australia is one of the most extreme, relative to comparable developed countries,'' Prof Toumbourou said.