Australians have never liked wowsers but why we would support binge drinkers does not make sense.
But support them we do, according to a Greater Western Area Health Service expert in the area.
Greater Western’s Michelle Warn said that because binge drinking is so accepted in our culture, nobody is making a stand.
She works with people who have come through the court system on alcohol-related charges and worst of all, she said she does not know what the answer is.
The number of people before the courts on alcohol-related charges is on the rise and on average, according to Reach Out Australia, one in four 15 to 25-year-olds is admitted to hospital intoxicated.
Reach Out Australia reports that four Australians aged under 25 die due to alcohol related injuries in an average week.
If Dubbo residents can not be spurred on to action by the sympathy for the families of those young ones alcohol kills, maybe the harm it is doing to their wallets will.
Who pays for the Magistrate’s Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program that Ms Warn leads – we do.
Who pays for the jail time of those convicted of alcohol-fuelled offences – we do.
Who pays for admissions to hospital – we do.
Ms Warn has called for professionals to stand up and say binge drinking is not okay.
We can have all the programs under the sun to fight this, but the message needs to be backed up by the community that the results of binge drinking is not Australian – only drinking in moderation is.
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