Canberrans drink more and at riskier levels than the nation's average, with more than one in five drinking themselves into danger of chronic long-term harm.
More are also becoming daily drinkers, contrary to the national trend.
This is according to the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), which believes the territory is lagging in tackling alcohol harm.
FARE's director of policy and research, Amy Ferguson, said about 22 per cent of Canberrans put themselves at risk of chronic alcohol-related long-term harm, compared with 18.2 per cent nationally.
"And while the rest of Australia is reducing its daily drinking, the ACT has seen an increase, with 6.6 per cent drinking alcohol on a daily basis," she said.
"This alarming consumption and harm data makes it abundantly clear there's still much more work to do to make the nation's capital a safer place. It's time that the ACT government took decisive, and necessary, action to stop the harm being caused by alcohol."
She stands with other experts in backing a proposed crackdown on alcohol sponsorship in sports, adding warning labels to liquor packaging, providing screening and brief intervention services for pregnant women and high-risk drinkers, and taxing all drinks based on their alcohol content.
These are the Royal Australasian College of Physicians's key findings in an an 80-page submission to a Senate inquiry on drunken violence.
Also under the leading group of doctors' proposal, the blood-alcohol limit for all drivers would eventually fall to zero and the legal drinking age would rise.
Health Minister and Attorney-General Simon Corbell did not answer specific questions about the RACP findings, but said addressing alcohol-related harm was a major priority for the ACT government.
"We will look at the detail of the RACP submission, however the ACT has already made significant reforms to liquor laws in 2010, adopting a new focus on harm minimisation and community safety," he said.
"The impact of these reforms has been reviewed and consultation was undertaken last year on a range of potential further reforms."
After seeking advice from the Liquor Advisory Board, he said he will release a paper outlining these reforms that will "prioritise community safety, but also support the ability of the liquor industry to operate effectively and retain the vibrancy of the ACT's nightlife precincts".
Ms Ferguson said these reforms were well overdue after three years of reviewing the Liquor Act.
Conjoined senior clinician at the ANU and UC, Dr David Caldicott, strongly supported all of the RACP's recommendations and stressed the need for more evidence-based research into alcohol harm to be implemented.
"There are a whole bunch of these interventions that have been suggested and that would be effective," he said.
"But the alcohol industry is incredibly powerful as far as lobby groups are concerned and they have an undue degree of influence.
"This makes it very difficult for independent academic bodies like the RACP to stand up and speak where many other people have not."
In response to criticism that the RACP's proposed regime was too radical, Dr Caldicott said it needed to be understood as a health issue.
"There has been some suggestion that the alcohol industry should be responsible for policing itself, but international experience shows quite clearly that is a laughable proposal," he said.
"That would be the case if alcohol weren't a very addictive drug. So people who are dependent on alcohol probably aren't making their own choices anymore, they're probably feeding thier addiction."
Dr Caldicott is a leading researcher in an Australian-first study taking place in eight hospitals' Emergency Departments that will record every patient's drug and alcohol intake and the venues that intoxicated people have attended.
FARE research shows that alcohol is responsible for 18 emergency department presentations to ACT hospitals each day, but Dr Caldicott predicts the six-month study will reveal this as a gross underestimate.
Fairfax Media recently reported that Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm labelled RACP's proposed regime "nanny state central".
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