It’s no secret that Australians love a drink, and many people think drinking to excess is not a problem. But now doctors, police and paramedics are saying that alcohol-fuelled violence is spiralling out of control.
“We are not facing a crisis, we’re in a crisis. It’s occurring right now.”
The latest statistics make it hard for anyone to argue against these warnings. New figures released show that each year up-to 70,000 people are involved in alcohol-related assaults. Estimated at costing the Australian tax payers $187 million every year. Punch Drunk reveals there is a growing body of evidence that shows a link between binge drinking and brain damage.
Alcohol related assaults vary from state to state in Australia, but one thing is clear: the violence associated with alcohol abuse is getting more extreme.
One key judicial figure has taken the unusual step of opening his court to the cameras, telling us:
“One day someone is going to sit down and weigh up the benefit in terms of taxes to government from the sale of alcohol, against the detriment or the cost to governments of servicing the consequences of violence.”