15 Australians die daily from alcohol
In a decade, the number of fatalities linked to alcohol has swelled by 62%.
The report, Alcohol's Burden of Disease in Australia, shows an increasing number of deaths and disability, along with a larger burden on the health service and social impacts across Australia, according to Turning Point researcher Belinda Lloyd.
"The reality is that the long-term effects aren't just confined to one Saturday night, with serious health problems a genuine concern," Dr Lloyd said.
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education chief executive Michael Thorn said urgent, national measures to address the price, promotion and availability of alcohol are needed to save lives.
"A decade ago alcohol was responsible for 3430 deaths per year. Now that figure stands at 5554," Mr Thorn said.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said Australia's drinking problem needs to be approached from all angles.
The report found injuries accounted for more than