Sadly, we can see the correlation.
A new Australian study done by the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Center in Victoria, Australia has linked the opening or more bars and liquor stores in specific areas to more domestic violence in the local residents' homes!
Lead researcher Michael Livingston identified 186 neighborhoods of 10,000 people and higher around Melbourne, and then monitored the changes in numbers of alcohol-involved establishments, as well as police-recorded cases of domestic violence between 1996-2005!
On average, he recorded about five domestic violence incidents annually per 1,000 people. However, rates were about 6% higher per 1,000 residents for each new bar or hotel that allowed the sale of alcohol, 2% higher for cafes, bars, and nightclubs, and a SHOCKING 30% increase for a new liquor store around 1,000 residents!
"If a similar relationship existed for domestic violence then governments would be able to consider these effects when developing alcohol policies. Increasing the availability of alcohol carries with it a range of costs that need to be balanced against the benefits of competition and consumer convenience. The focus of most alcohol policy in Victoria in recent years has been violence in late-night entertainment precincts. This work suggests that this focus ignores significant, but less visible, harms in the community."
Unbelievable. Those numbers are shocking!
We hope that the information can be used to help stop those kind of incidents of violence!
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