Australian beer a Pacific problem

Mark Metherell; 18/3/10

Rising alcohol abuse in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands, partly spurred by Australian beer, has prompted calls for alcohol companies to contribute more to counter the problem. A survey commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs found there has been a dramatic increase in alcohol-related violence and other drug problems in Pacific countries. The report, compiled by the Burnet Institute, names five countries – Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu – where alcohol has been blamed for increases in domestic violence. Some countries, including Tonga and the Cook Islands, reported increases in illicit drug availability.