Dr Liz Moore

Anna Krien’s excellent article contains a major factual error: contrary to popular belief, kidney failure in Aboriginal people is not directly caused by alcohol use (‘Booze Territory’, September). It is caused by conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which may be aggravated by drinking heavily. A recent government report emphasised the strong link between poverty and kidney disease in Indigenous Australians.

Dr Liz Moore

Alice Springs, NT