ACEM has formed the Alcohol Harm in EDs (AHED) Program. We are also a member the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA), the Victorian Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) and the New South Wales and ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA).

A large proportion of ED patient presentations are alcohol related, having a significant effect on other patients, workforce morale, and the functioning of the ED.

In response to these issues, we released our Statement on Alcohol Harm in 2016 outlining our stance and policy recommendations, while also calling on the Australian and New Zealand governments to:

  • Introduce compulsory collection of alcohol-related ED presentation data
  • Introduce a preventative health program for EDs
  • Address alcohol regulation and advertising.

For more information contact the policy team via email.

Our Research

Since 2013 we have conducted a number of different surveys of Australian and New Zealand EDs to estimate the prevalence of alcohol-related presentations and explore staff perceptions of those presentations. These surveys have included:

  • Alcohol Harm Snapshots Surveys that are usually taken during a weekend night shift to note the number of ED presentations related to alcohol
  • Seven-day continuous surveys that are similar to a snapshot survey except undertaken over a week-long period, instead of during a single shift
  • ED clinical staff perception surveys that are used to gather staff experiences of alcohol-affected patients in EDs.

Our Findings

  • 2016 Alcohol Harm Snapshot Survey (AHSS)
  • 2016 Alcohol Harm Snapshot Survey (AHSS) - Australia Day
  • 2014 Seven-day continuous survey
  • 2014 ED clinical staff perception survey
  • 2014 Alcohol Harm Snapshot Survey (AHSS)
  • 2013 Alcohol Harm Snapshot Survey (AHSS)
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