Alcohol sends 30,000 Victorians to hospital
Men make up the majority of those hospitalised, but there has been a big jump in the number of women ending up in hospital due to alcohol.
The data, compiled by the Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre in Victoria, shows that during 2010–11 there were 29,694 alcohol-related inpatient hospitalisations.
On average, each of those people are staying in hospital for nearly four days, meaning 113,117 hospital bed days were taken up as a result of excess alcohol consumption.
Turning Point director Professor Dan Lubman said the figures were a timely warning of the dangers of alcohol as Victorians prepare for the Christmas holiday period.
"While most people are able to consume alcohol in moderation, the decision-making part of your brain becomes less effective the more you drink," Professor Lubman said.
"There is a clear link between intoxication and increased rates of road accidents, injuries and assaults."