17.1 C
Byron Shire
August 3, 2021

Alcoholism and denial

Latest News

Fifteen arrested in Brisbane protest

Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

Other News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning July 28, 2021

It's amazing what you can still go and see and do. Check it out!

Nolan’s Soapbox

Duncan Shipley-Smith, Byron Bay The sinister suggestion by Nolan in last week’s Echo conflating anti-vaccination supporters with extreme right-wing ideology (XRW)...

Dog off-leash parks coming to Tweed

Tweed Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on off-leash dog parks at Bray Park and Banora Point. ‘The...

There’s a Byron Shire north?

Jenny Mansfield, Ocean Shores I received a calendar via letterbox drop from Alan Hunter ‘Vote 1 for Byron Shire Council’. They...

Unnecessary divisions

Louise Andrews, Lennox Head Dear Mandy, an excellent article in The Echo (Soapbox, 21 July). It saddens me too to witness...

Cartoon of the week – 28 July, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

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

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps we should be educating our elected representatives about the overwhelming effectiveness of supply reduction measures and effective enforcement? Drinking is a key social construct overwhelmed by an avalanche of industry promotion inculcating and embedding into the young at a very early age, the normalisation and glorification of excessive drinking

  2. One thing that needs to be tackled is the practice (by parents) of giving alcohol to their underage teenagers. If parents assist their own kids to break the law with underage drinking, what message does that send the young people?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

Queensland Health has issued a statement that says the current lockdown in South East Queensland will continue for another five days as a precaution following new cases in the state.

Pennings and Adani to continue court battle

The Supreme Court has formalised orders agreed out of court by both Adani and Ben Pennings in relation to a decision handed down on 25 June 2021.

Can you help save 74 million lives?

Killer carbon – a new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at the ‘mortality cost of carbon’.

It’s National Homelessness Week

In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events