Alcohol & Violence

Sexual Assault

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There is a popular misconception that if someone has committed a sexual crime whilst under the influence of alcohol the alcohol is to blame. This is incorrect. Alcohol lowers inhibitions, and when inhibitions are lowered through the use of alcohol it is easier to act in ways you would not normally, without regretting your actions.

It is best to avoid situations where you may be at risk of sexual assault taking place such as leaving your drink unattended. You never know what someone may put in it when you’re not looking.
Remember:
  • If you don’t feel comfortable in a situation, then leave
  • Be careful about bringing/going home with strangers or people you don’t know very well
  • Don’t put yourself in a situation where you need others to take care of you

 

Child Abuse

alcohol-fact-violence-child-abuseIf a child is mistreated it is all too easy to blame the effects of the alcohol, but it is not appropriate to blame your actions on drinking as people make choices about consuming and alcohol and how much they drink.
There is a risk of children developing alcohol problems later in life if they have been abused as a child
When someone has become dependent on alcohol a child can often be neglected and alcohol can take priority over the care for a child. Children can suffer at school and develop behavioural problems if they have a parent who drinks too much

 

Domestic Abuse

alcohol-fact-violence-under-influenceDomestic abuse is any form of physical, emotional, sexual or financial mistreatment that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship. It belongs to a pattern of bullying and controlling behaviour carried out usually by one person against another. Men and women can be either the abuser or the victim. Sometimes it can be a young person in the family who abuses the parents or other family members.

It is not uncommon for victims of domestic abuse to report that they have been assaulted on occasions when the abuser has been drinking or sober. The violence committed by the abuser while drunk is often more severe.

If people find themselves acting aggressively or violently when they drink, the risk of causing a serious accident or injury will be higher and often followed with legal  consequences. To avoid this, people need to be aware of their choices; they should either cut down their drinking to safe levels or stop altogether.