About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Flavoured Alcoholic Beverages may Be Contributing to Rise in Death of Girls in Australia

by Gopalan on July 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM
Font : A-A+

 Flavoured Alcoholic Beverages may Be Contributing to Rise in Death of Girls in Australia

Alcopops, also known as flavoured alcoholic beverages, may be contributing to rise in death of girls in New South Wales, Australia.

A study of child deaths tabled in the state parliament Tuesday found the risk for girls increased by 37 per cent while for boys it declined by 17 per cent over the two periods studied, 1996 to 2000 and 2001 to 2005.

Advertisement

The study, Trends In Child Deaths In NSW 1996-2005, was compiled by the NSW Child Death Review Team to identify changes in child-death rates for specific causes and to strengthen prevention measures.

The report said: "The increase in alcohol-related deaths for females and the decline for males across the two periods may result from several factors, including the introduction of alcopops ... first sold in Australia in 1995, which particularly target females."
Advertisement

The NSW Children's Commissioner, Gillian Calvert, said she was thankful that the numbers of deaths involved were small - 145 over the 10 years. Boys accounted for most of the deaths - 105 - but over the past five years of the survey the girls' death rate increased and the boys' death rate declined.

"It may be a trend we need to look at to see if there is a pattern emerging," Ms Calvert said.

"The trend parallels the introduction of alcopops and it requires further investigation. We may well be wrong."

Suicide and car fatalities were associated with the alcohol-related deaths, along with poisoning, falls and drownings, reports Adele Horin in Sydney Morning Herald.

The report also highlights the deaths of 17 young people who were driving recreational vehicles, such as motorbikes, go-carts, bicycles and cars, on and off the road. These unlicensed 14- to 16-year-olds "were falling under the radar of prevention activities", Calvert said.

There was no decline in child deaths from drowning in swimming pools over the two study periods. The commissioner has called for State Government regulations to compel councils to regularly monitor pool fencing in backyards. "Drownings in private swimming pools or spas are among the deaths which are most straightforward to prevent," the report said.

It found that 58 children aged from one to four had died in backyard swimming pools, and at least 21 of these deaths occurred where a pool gate or latch was in a state of disrepair. In other cases the pool barriers had not been used effectively. Gates had been left open, did not close automatically, and objects were left nearby enabling the children to climb the fence. Most of the drownings had occurred while supervisors were doing household chores.

The report also highlights the deaths of 17 young people who were driving recreational vehicles, such as motorbikes, go-carts, bicycles and cars, on and off the road. These unlicensed 14- to 16-year-olds "were falling under the radar of prevention activities", Ms Calvert said.

She has called on the Motor Accidents Authority to aim safety campaigns at this group.

The study shows death rates from all causes overall for children and young people fell by 38 per cent between 1996 and 2005, thanks mainly to falls in infant deaths from prematurity, sudden and unexpected causes, and congenital malformations. Based on the 2006 census this equates to saving about 130 children's lives, Calvert said.

But the report found Aboriginal children and children in low socio-economic areas usually suffered higher mortality rates, with the exceptions being death by suicide and deaths related to asthma, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Asthma death rates increased among children from higher socio-economic areas but declined in low and middle socio-economic areas.

Among Aboriginal infants and those from low socio-economic areas there were worrying rises in the death rates for meningococcal disease and pneumonia.

Source: Medindia
GPL/L
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Black Pepper as Preventive Measure Against Omicron
FODMAP Diet: A Beginner's Guide
Smallpox
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Alcoholic Liver Disease Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts Death Facts Pancreatitis Bereavement Top Ten Health Benefits of Tequila 

Recommended Reading
Alcohol abuse
Alcohol abuse...
Alcohol Abuse Videos
Find Alcohol Abuse Related videos...
Alcohol and Driving
Alcohol and driving do not mix. Drunken driving is the cause of many deaths in the world....
Alcohol-related Violence Increasing in Australia
Alcohol-related violence is becoming rampant in Australia. Almost one in five there is affected....
Alcoholic Liver Disease
Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general information about Alcoholic Liver Disease....
Bereavement
Bereavement refers to grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one, especially during t...
Bubbles and Brews - Alcohol Facts
There is more to alcohol than mere intoxication. Infamous because of its social abuse but indispensa...
Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas may show up as acute pancreatitis or chronic pain. Alco...
Top Ten Health Benefits of Tequila
Tequila is a popular alcoholic beverage in parties. Wonder if it may have health benefits? Find out ...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use