by Kathy Jones on  August 14, 2012 at 9:16 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
 Australian Tourists Facing Grave Problems in Bali Due to Alcohol and Drugs
Indulging in alcohol and drug abuse is creating problems for Australian tourists Bali, Indonesia, with at least one tourist dying every nine days while hundreds more need consular help.

Consular officials said that alcohol and drugs have led to many accidents, while nightclub fights are among the biggest causes of trouble for thousands of Australians, who visit the tropical island every year.

Information released by the Department of Foreign Affairs reveals that 39 Australians died in Bali in 2011- 2012.

"The most common reasons for illness or hospitalisation amongst young people who travel to Bali are injuries due to motorbike accidents and nightclub fights," the Daily Telegraph quoted a DFAT spokesman, as saying.

"Factors that cause these accidents are inexperience, unfamiliar road and traffic conditions and alcohol/drug consumption. Nightclub fights can often break out between friends and may be fuelled by drugs and alcohol," he added.

He said traffic accidents were the biggest cause of death after natural causes or pre-existing conditions.

He said the lack of insurance; the lack of coverage for pre-existing illnesses, or the lack of cash to pay medical bills were also key reasons why Australians often sought consular help.

"We have recently seen a marked increase in cases involving young male travellers, 20 to 30, with mental health issues," he added.

Source: ANI

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