A trauma surgeon at Liverpool Hospital, John Crozier, says that information is not automatically recorded when patients are brought into emergency departments across the state.
Regardless, Crozier says, the number of alcohol-related injuries are on the rise throughout the country. Particularly concerning, he says, is that 20,000 alcohol-related domestic violence cases every year involve children.
In response to what it sees as governments' reluctance to act against the powerful alcohol and hoteliers' lobbies, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is campaigning against what it calls an epidemic of avoidable tragedies.
Read more: The Age, 28 April, 2012