Global safety experts recently met in Bangkok where they discussed the harmful use of alcohol. They say harmful alcohol use contributes to morbidity, injury and violence which can cause all types of injury.
Experts at the conference said the alcohol burden could be minimised by introduction of stronger alcohol policies and cost cutting alcohol harm reduction strategies.
It was also requested that the World Health Organisation consider introducing a policy to exclude support for alcoholic beverages and call for health conferences and meetings to be alcohol-free.
According to research out of Australia from Amy Peden of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, alcohol is a strong contributing factor in drownings (around 40%).