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29 Dec, 2013

Australian doctors join forces to challenge govts over alcohol laws

After witnessing the high price of alcohol-related violence, eminent medical specialists from St Vincent’s Hospital have issued an ultimatum to governments to rein in rampant alcohol abuse.

Pointing to street assaults blamed on drunkenness, including attacks that left two men in neighbouring beds in the hospital’s intensive care ward before Christmas, the hospital’s specialists are pooling their knowledge to combat the violence.

”What’s getting worse is the violence,” the hospital’s Emergency Department director Gordian Fulde said. ”Alcohol stands alone as our biggest problem.”

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