Alcohol is known to be associated with an increase in violence within Australia. No matter how many advertising campaigns that have been distributed explaining the impact of alcohol and its association with violence, there seems nothing seem to effect a reduction in alcohol-fuelled violence.
Researchers have estimated that 47% of all those who commit violent crimes, and 43% of all victims of crime, were drunk prior to the violent crime. In 2006, a study carried out on crime showed that alcohol had a major impact into the level of violence. The study also showed that the crime rate in locations with a high rate of pubs, clubs and hotels showed an increase in violence. It also identified that, even though violence is not hindered by gender or age, men under the age of 34 make up for a vast majority of the alcohol-related crime.
The study illustrated also that one clear way to decrease violence is to minimise alcohol consumption, as this clearly increases violence. By limiting alcohol intake and/or the availability of alcohol, it is suggested that the crime rate will be reduced significantly. It will also decrease the impact on the local and wider community and the families that are affected by alcohol-related violence, be that their son, daughter and/or grandchild.
Advertisers of alcohol focus on the very narrow outcome of alcohol, having a good time and feeling good. They do not put forward the negative effects of alcohol, and the increase in violence when alcohol is consumed. When you are out next, consider your alcohol intake; and if you are consuming in excess, make sure that you and your friends are in control, drinking within your limits. Also, take note of your surroundings and ensure that you are not putting yourself at risk of alcohol-related violence.