According to a national health agency report, rural areas have more than twice as much impact on drugs and alcohol as compared to urban areas.
The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW)Alcohol and other drug use in local and remote Australia: consumption, harm and care approaches, I was released today.
The report found that rural and remote communities are suffering more harmful effects than consumption of alcohol and other drugs.
NRHA CEO Mark Diamond said the report confirms the urgent need to inject health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in rural and remote communities.
"The report emphasizes the unacceptable burden of illness from alcohol and harmful drug use in the bush," he said.
"The distance from remote areas is twice as high as the major cities," he said.
Trish Hepworth, director of policy for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), says the community is consuming far more alcohol.
"The fundamental problem is that alcohol has never been cheaper, available or actively promoted as it is now," she said.
The Diamond Finance Minister says the report has raised policy and decision makers' attention.
"There is a real problem with access to services that people can experience," he said.
"In addition to treatment services for people with drug and alcohol dependence problems, prevention and early intervention programs are also important."