In terms of the alcohol problem in Byron, the real issue that seems to have fallen between the cracks is the number of young people who are alcoholics. When drinking leads to violence and abuse these are clear indications of this addictive disease. Alcoholism can pass from generation to generation and one of the most obvious symptoms of alcoholism is denial.
Letters saying that unless people can drink after midnight they will go to the beach with bottles of vodka or whatever are just another indication of the serious nature of the disease. Social drinking by its very nature has a limit. Drinking to oblivion is not social drinking.
Growing up with the neverending advertisements that persuade young people that alcohol is cool and drinking is a social must, with no checks and balances, no warnings of the problems caused by alcohol, it’s no wonder there’s an exponentially growing problem.
Australia is right up there with the Russian Federation with an alcohol-addicted population. It’s a tragedy that AA and Al Anon do not push their message in schools, in the media and in the community.
Having spent many years in Al Anon, I believe all young people should be educated about the grim reality of alcoholism. Australians suffer the disease in plague proportions, bringing chaos to families and violence to communities.
Sue Arnold, Ocean Shores