On-field clashes are not the only sources of sporting injury, with new figures revealing one in 10 sports club incidents that end in an emergency visit involve alcohol products.
Aussie Rules clubs topped the list, comprising 45 per cent of all alcohol-related injuries at a sports club, followed by netball, cricket and lawn bowls, according to Last Drinks data collected at Warrnambool Base Hospital. Researchers also noted incidents stemming from local baseball, soccer and volleyball clubs.
The figures, collected by Deakin University researchers and emergency department staff to shed light on the community harm caused by alcohol products, show 84 per cent of those injured at a sports club while drinking are male with an average age of 36 years.
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