Drunk Australians abused a million in 2009 holiday seasonBy IANS
Friday, November 26, 2010
SYDNEY - Over one million Australians suffered abuse or violence caused by another person’s excessive drinking during the Christmas and New Year holiday season last year, according to a new survey.
The Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation (AERF) Friday asked people to “slow down on the booze this silly season”, Australia’s AAP news agency reported.
A survey by the AERF found about 1.3 million Australians experienced abuse or violence caused by other people’s extreme drinking during 2009’s festive season.
The results were based on the responses of 1,014 Australians polled in January this year.
AERF director Ian Webster said alcohol-related violence was common during the Christmas period but the risk of harm could be minimised if people drink responsibly.
“It’s becoming more socially acceptable to say no, or to slow down on your drinking in a social setting. Look out for your family and friends and know when to call it a night,” Webster said.
Meanwhile, Australia and New Zealand Friday launched a massive crackdown on booze and drugs during the festive season.
Operation RAID (Remove All Impaired Drivers) began Friday and will continue til Dec 12.
Over 5,000 motorists were charged with drink-driving offences during Operation RAID last year, police said.