What is NAAA?
The National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) is a national coalition of health and community organisations from across Australia that has been formed with the goal of reducing alcohol-related harm.
Currently comprising major organisations with an interest in alcohol and public health, the formation of NAAA represents the first time such a broad-based alliance has come together to pool their collective expertise around what needs to be done to address Australia’s drinking problems.
NAAA aims to put forward evidence-based solutions with a strong emphasis on action.
Why do we exist?
There is an urgent need for effective, evidence-based and coordinated action to challenge Australia’s harmful drinking.
One in five Australians aged 14 years and above drink alcohol at short-term risky/high-risk levels at least once a month. This equates to more than 42 million occasions of binge drinking in Australia each year.
The cost to the Australian community from alcohol-related harm is estimated to be more than $15 billion a year.
An estimated 40 per cent of all people detained by police attributed their offence to alcohol consumption.
On average, one in four hospitalisations of young people aged 15–24 years occurs because of alcohol.
Heavy drinking at a young age can also adversely affect brain development and is linked to alcohol-related problems later in life.