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Alcohol and Aboriginal Australians

July 4, 2010

NAIDOC week starts today.

The introduction of alcohol by European colonists (combined with physical, sexual, religious, social and cultural oppression) has caused great harm.

There were several Aboriginal people, from various groups, at the therapeutic community I went to.

I was grateful to be able to support and be supported in my recovery by members of the oldest continuous culture in all of human history.

But the impact of alcohol use is one of the many gaps we must close.

I share the shame of all Australians that our Aboriginal and Islander peoples die 17 years younger than non-Aboriginal people.

Grog is a problem not just for some people, like me, but for our society. More so than any other drug.

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