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Alcohol-related harms will again hit New South Wales hard this summer with new statistics pointing to more than 300 alcohol-related deaths, and more than 12,000 hospitalisations attributable to alcohol over the next three months.

A newly formed coalition of health, community, law enforcement, emergency services and research organisations says NSW residents should brace for the approaching summer alcohol storm and has called on the NSW Premier to introduce effective alcohol policy reform to address the heavy toll.

Seasonally-adjusted statistics including newly released data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics point to the extent of the summer alcohol harms throughout the State forecasting more than 7,800 alcohol-related assaults and over $12 million in police time spent dealing with alcohol-related crime.

Launched at Parliament House in Sydney today, the NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA), has been formed to promote evidence-based actions to prevent and reduce acute and chronic alcohol-related harms in NSW and the ACT.

NAAPA includes among its members the Australian Medical Association (NSW), Police Association of New South Wales, and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

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