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Date posted: 30 January 2013
A new study has identified alcohol use as strongly associated with suicide in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. An analysis of 411 coroners' reports over a ten year period revealed:
The study, Thematic analysis of key factors associated with Indigenous and non-Indigenous suicide in the Northern Territory, Australia aligns with previous research showing that alcohol use has a substantial impact on suicide rates, particularly for Indigenous people. The findings have implications for approaches to suicide prevention and policy debate with calls for a greater investment in community development and priority given to addressing alcohol use.