Four Corners are promoting a report Punch Drunk by Janine Cohen and Karen Michelmore to be broadcast ABC1 Monday 25/02/2013 at 8.30 pm and repeated Tuesday 26th at 11.35 pm on ABC 1. Also on Saturdays at 8.00pm on News24.
From the promo:
“We are not facing a crisis, we’re in a crisis. It’s occurring right now.”
Read the statistics and it’s hard to argue with these dire warnings. The latest figures show that each year as many as 70,000 people are involved in alcohol-related assaults. In all, it is estimated that alcohol-related violence costs the community $187 million each year. Four Corners also reveals there’s a growing body of evidence that shows a link between binge drinking and brain damage. As one expert explained:
“You will face assault, you will assault, you will have falls. You will find yourself with a brain injury as a result of the long-term use of alcohol.”
While the overall incidence of alcohol-related violent crime varies in each state in Australia, one thing is clear: the violence associated with alcohol abuse is getting more extreme. Indeed one key judicial figure has taken the unusual step of opening his court to the cameras and telling Four Corners:
“One day someone is going to sit down and weigh up the benefit in terms of taxes to government from the sale of alcohol, against the detriment or the cost to governments of servicing the consequences of violence.”
The reporter’s pose: “Why is Government backing away from a fight with the Alcohol Industry?”
Expert answers: “They’ve donated quite large amounts of money to political parties – on both sides.”
That sounds plausible! This should be an interesting show.