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Australia and alcohol: a dangerous relationship

Snapshot 1 : on Christmas Eve, any Aussie home in any Australian city. Before going to bed, under the Christmas tree, a little girl leaves a bottle of ice-cold beer for Santa Claus.

Snapshot 2 : Three in the afternoon on any Friday in any Australian city. The pubs are already full of men and women in suits, who pour one beer after another with colleagues until dinner time. Then they will order something to eat, and then continue the evening in another place.

Snapshot 3: midnight on any Saturday night in the “local” area of ​​any Australian city. A young girl is lying on the sidewalk, unconscious, in a pool of her own vomit, between the indifference of most people and the ridicule of her “friends” who take pictures of her to be published on social media.

What can we deduce from the three snapshots I have presented to you? That Australia is a country of debauched? Are they all alcoholics? No, of course, making such an extreme generalization is probably wrong, but what can be insinuated is that alcohol plays an important part in Australian culture . And, personally, this is one of the things that I least like about this country.

Did you know that Australia is one of the western countries where more alcohol is consumed?

“Exaggerated”, you say! “What do you want a beer or two to be drunk with friends?”. And that’s the problem. That it is not a question of drinking a glass of wine or a beer in company, but of the need – because at a certain point of need one speaks – of getting drunk which characterizes especially young Australians in the 18-24 * age group.

In fact, they are the ones who sadly stand out for their binge drinking , or the excessive consumption of alcohol. It is research from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center that shows that getting drunk is a top priority for most young Australians . And “getting drunk” is the key word. Because in Australia young people do not drink to be in company, to spend a pleasant evening or for the taste of the drink as we do in Italy … Young Aussies drink to get drunk and freak out. They drink to lose control and to become people other than they normally are. And it’s not a good show, believe me!

I have seen men and women, perfectly respectable during the day, decline in the evening in pathetic conditions. As well as excellent students and hard workers. I saw them throw up on the sidewalk, pester passersby and be dragged away by friends. When it’s okay. When it goes wrong, these young and old filled with alcohol (and possibly even more) become aggressive and violent. They seek every excuse to fight, even with perfect strangers who simply have the misfortune of passing through there.

The laws of the last drink, not the blockades, reduce alcohol-fueled violence – Politics + society – 2020

The board also imposed a 1:30 “freeze”. This was a unique Australian intervention that allowed customers to continue drinking on the premises until closing, but not to enter other venues.

It was a historic decision; these restrictions had not previously been applied in an entire enclosure. The scale of the intervention and the fact that late trading pubs in nearby Hamilton were not included in the decision created an opportunity to study the type of political experiment that governments often undertake, but rarely learn from.

The result was a one-third reduction in assaults in the 18 months following the restrictions. There was no sign of shifting to the evening before or to Hamilton, where the assault rate continued to rise.

The usual chorus of interests and commentators followed, arguing that the effects would be short-lived. But aggression rates remained lower in Newcastle’s CBD for years later. They are now half of what they were before 2008.

Reduce hours of drinking works; lockouts alone probably don’t
In particular, there was a small improvement, albeit in Hamilton, despite the introduction of a 1 AM weekend lockout in 2010. This result is consistent with other studies that show no benefit for lockouts when used as the sole measure. .

Newcastle’s experience is consistent with reviews from international and other Australian studies in 2009 and 2010, which show that when trading hours increased, so did violence rates.

The studies since these reviews were published – from Western Australia, Norway and the Netherlands – replicate their findings.

‘Freedom of’ versus ‘freedom from’
In February 2014, the O’Farrell government in NSW introduced the 3AM “last-drinks” laws and the 1:30 AM locks in the CBD of Sydney and Kings Cross.

The independent assessments that followed showed sharp reductions in police apprehensions about the emergency department’s statements and presentations about serious alcohol-related injuries.

Requesting the premises simply to stop selling alcohol rather than quitting was a step up from the Newcastle experiment. If customers wish to eat, listen to music or watch a striptease, it should not be up to the government to decide whether facilities are allowed to provide these services.

The goal of government regulation must surely be to strike a balance between what the philosopher Isaiah Berlin called “freedom of” versus “freedom” – in this case, the individual right to drink in public in the early hours against public law to security. If companies stay open when they can no longer sell alcohol, they should live up to them.