11 million drug and alcohol sickies

AUSTRALIANS are off work for an estimated 11.5 million days annually because of the ill-effects of alcohol and illicit drugs.

This translates to a $3 billion cost to the economy - a massive jump from the $1.2 billion estimated cost in 2001, say Flinders University researchers.

Their new analysis has been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

The university's National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction analysis used two measures to work out the cost of alcohol and other drug related (AOD) absenteeism.

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