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Booze strife: it’s not just young people

THERE has been plenty of national discussion this month on how to stop alcohol-related violence in young people.

I'm imploring people on the Fraser Coast not to believe that the mix of alcohol and crime is a problem limited to youth.

Each time the public, the media and state government treat alcohol-related violence as a youth issue, it makes it easy for those who aren't in Generation Y to believe their drinking habits aren't part of the problem.

The offenders who bashed a taxi driver last year may have been teens, but that does not mean the issue of alcohol-related violence is limited to teens.

As a proud member of the young generation, I'm over hearing about how I and my peers are drunk and stupid and our parents are to blame.

The problem is not parenting. The problem is not even the laws that govern licensed venues.

The problem is that our culture not only condones but glorifies excessive drinking, the type of drinking that leads to impaired decision-making.

If the community wants to stop alcohol-related violence, then everyone needs to stop allowing excessive drinking to be seen as acceptable.

Buy a few less rounds at the pub.

Take your friends home when they've had enough.

Know your own limits and pay attention to them.

Topics:  alcohol, drinking, drunk, editorial, hannah busch, violence



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