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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:00 AM

I was watching a current affair program a few days ago where there was a forum discussing youth binge drinking and it's related violence and medical problems. One Australian university student stated quite clearly that exchanged students studying here from Europe asked her why is this occurring in Australia, as apparently in Europe it's non-existent and this despite of Australia having liquor laws which by comparision to that of Europe's are quite draconian.And before you blame the Global Financial Crisis which hit Europe hard (unlike Australia) where thus people have less income to spend and cannot become violently drunk due to financial reasons......I can remember a reporter on 7 news some years back....years before the GFC hit saying that in Europe this alcohol related street violence is non existent . So Europe has not this problem...or had not this problem...ever.
This is quite significant and raises questions of national arrogance to the detriment of Australian youth
Why is this not researched in Australia? Is it because if it is it will become widely publiscized that Australia in this regard is quite different from other countries..... with alcohol driven violence in our streets? As they say the truth hurts...but that would be initially, as ultimately it would of benefit for Australia and it's youth.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:29 AM

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Binge drinking is a pattern of heavy drinking which is observed all over Europe. The term Binge drinking implies a lot of different meanings to different people. The most popular definition used for this term is five or more 'standard drinks' in a single occasion. Binge drinking is different from intoxication, although this kind of heavy alcohol consumption can be lead to intoxication. This condition is manifested by different signs, for example slurred speech. Binge drinking is very common among the European population. In 2006 some 80 million Europeans aged 15 plus reported this kind of alcohol consumption patterns. European surveys showed that there is an increase of binge drinking across Europe amongst young people (15-16 years) old since 1995. The consequences of binge drinking contain acute and chronic effects, which are caused by long term alcohol use. The individual risks are brain damage, suicide, sexually transmitted diseases, etc. It has also an impact on harm to others than the drinkers. This includes violence and crime, accidents, etc. Each year in the European Union 2000 homicides are related to heavy drinking. There a lot of effective measures to reduce binge drinking. Strong evidence is shown by drink-driving laws, tax, reduced access to and availability of alcohol, brief interventions such as physician advice and advertising controls.




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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:30 PM

So what is going on? Are these Europeans coming over here and saying that in Europe it is non-existent lying? Is that reporter lying? For what reason?
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