A report from one of Australia's most respected research bodies has shown that alcohol abuse claims the life of an Aborigine every 38 hours
Suicide is the greatest cause of death among intoxicated indigenous men; for women it is liver cirrhosis or strokes.
Australia's National Drug and Research Institute has described the situation as "very bleak".
The Aborigines are twice as likely to die from the effects of alcohol as their non-indigenous counterparts.
Alcohol abuse in many remote Aboriginal communities is like a plague. It is wiping out on average one indigenous Australian every day-and-a-half.
Most women die of liver damage. Many others suffer haemorrhagic strokes or bleeding in the brain which can be caused by excessive binge drinking.
Australia's National Drug and Research Institute has found that that sort of abuse has caused high rates of suicide among Aboriginal men.
Injuries from assaults and car accidents accounted for other deaths.
Alcohol Continues to Ravage Australian Aboriginal Communities