Hopefully one day we will realise that there are fundamental issues at hand. We need to be honest about ourselves as a young society and build the solid foundations that take longer than a term in office to build. One of the key areas that we have failed is that of alcohol abuse and the inherent violence. However, it is not one, large and perhaps obvious problem that has lead to society becoming what it is today, but the accumulation of dozens of smaller ones.
Over the last few years, there has been a sharp rise in anti-social behaviour such as vomiting; urinating and fornicating. In the seven years up to June 2001, there were 76,115 hospitalisations nationally as a result of alcohol-attributed violence. Mindless vandalism has stabilised in recent years, but prior to this had been increasing at an alarming rate. For decades there has been a sense of pride in Australia about how drunk you got the night before. Indeed, almost everyone believes that if you don’t have at least some memory loss, it’s been a bad night. Perhaps most alarming is that it is now encouraged and expected amongst peers, to the point at which a person may get drunk for the sole purpose of bragging about how wasted they got and how little they remember.
The root cause of the problem must be addressed. While we try to make ourselves out to be a tolerant nation, it is the hidden intolerance within all of us that leads to anger. When mixed with alcohol, you get the violent cocktail that we see almost every day in the media.
One of the key factors for the increase in violent behaviour is a lack of effective... [continues]
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