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Drugs and alcohol

Drug use may affect all areas of a person’s life and may lead to legal and health problems, or even death. The most widely used drug in Australia is alcohol, thought to be responsible for one-third of the nation’s drownings and serious car crashes, as well as being a factor in three-quarters of assaults. Illicit drugs can also cause serious problems for individuals and society. The AIC researches issues such as drug use, its links with criminal activity and alcohol related violence to provide valuable information for policy-makers and the public on drugs in Australia. Helpful advice is also available via links on the AIC’s website to practical prevention guides for local communities and licensed venues, as well as on partying and drink spiking.


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