Alcohol harm cost double raised in tax

An estimated $14.352 billion was spent on alcohol-related problems by the government in 2010 compared to only $7.075 billion raised in total tax revenue from alcohol products, according to a study published by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

More than 10% of the costs – or $1.686 billion – was attributed to health-related harm, which included hospital ($777 million), nursing home ($471 million) and ambulance ($88 million) costs, plus pharmaceutical expenses ($349 million).

Of the total sum, $2.9 billion (or 20.6%) represented costs to the