Posted: 22 September, 2016
by @amydrewsnews/ Taylah Webb
People Are More Afraid To Hit The Town Than Ever & Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Is To Blame
People are more afraid to hit the town than ever, according to new research.
Research released by Life Education has revealed that out of 1,463 Aussies surveyed, two thirds (66.8%) of men feel it is more dangerous to go out now than 10 years ago, and the number skyrockets to almost three quarters (74.6%) for women.
It was also revealed that 1 in 5 Queenslanders have experienced, or been witnessed to alcohol related violence, and 1 in 2 have been exposed to alcohol related verbal abuse.
Alcohol abuse comes at a high price, costing the country around $36 billion each year, but also causing around 1,111 deaths and 31,426 hospitalisations each year in Queensland alone.
Education seems to be the popular solution, with 80% of those surveyed supporting teaching young people about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse in school.
Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt said a cultural shift is needed in regards to our relationship with alcohol.
"Our community should not have to feel unsafe when going out at night because of the risk of alcohol fuelled violence and abuse," he said.
"We need to change our alcohol culture and it starts with us. Together, we can create a safer future for our kids."
The statistics have been released ahead of Ocsober, a fundraising initiative, which sees volunteers give up alcohol for the month October.
To register for Ocsober, CLICK HERE