High risk alcohol-related trauma among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Northern Territory
1 Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research and School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2 Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
3 Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2012, 7:33 doi:10.1186/1747-597X-7-33Published: 3 August 2012
High risk drinking is linked with high rates of physical harm. The reported incidence of alcohol - related trauma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory is the highest in the world. Facial fractures are common among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. They are often linked with misuse of alcohol in the Northern Territory and are frequently secondary to assault. This review focuses on alcohol-related trauma in the Territory and draws attention to an urgent need for preventative health approach to address this critical issue.