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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Sydney's binge hangover A young woman in Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital thinks her drink has been spiked, despite consuming 15 drinks. Picture: DAVE SWIFT The Inner-West Weekly is joining other Cumberland and Courier newspapers in Just Think -- a community campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol- fuelled violence. Gaming Minister Kevin Greene wants to hear from you and comment on your views. Post your comments, experiences and solutions, and react to the views of other concerned readers today on www.inner westweekly.com.au PAUL TATNELL YOUNG binge-drinkers are the target of a new scare campaign showing how ''violence, injury and humiliation'' can result from their actions. The Federal Government will spend $20 million on a series of in- your-face advertisements aimed at tackling the binge-drinking epidemic. The campaign will specifically target young people aged 15 to 25 years, and their parents. ''(The campaign) aims to show young drinkers that violence, in- juries and humiliation can result from binge-drinking,'' Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said. ''It's a wake-up call for young people and their parents about the number of people who are seriously injured because of al- cohol misuse.'' The advertisements will drive home facts surrounding binge drinking. This includes figures that show four Australians aged under 25 die due to alcohol-related injuries every week, while, on average, one in four hospitalisations of people aged 15 to 24 is due to alcohol. ''We need young people to start understanding they can have a good time, and a good night out, without it turning into a night- mare,'' Ms Roxon said. ''But that means they need to drink respon- sibly and carefully.'' She said the violence that fol- lowed meant too many young people were calling on the ambu- lance services and ending up in hospital. Sometimes it was not a minor incident that they had to recover from, but lifetime injuries and deaths, Ms Roxon said. Violence is shattering ALCOHOL-fuelled street viol- ence has reached new extremes with glassings becoming more common in late-night assaults, according to a medical expert. St Vincent's Hospital emerg- ency medicine director Dr Gordian Fulde warns that glass- ing attacks will quickly become embedded in our culture unless there is a massive change in pub and club culture. The rate of glassing attacks continue to rise in Sydney. There were 506 non-domestic glassings in 2007, a 6.6 per cent rise. Dr Fulde said the problem needed urgent attention. ''We have had a number of glassings recently and it is more horrible than you can imagine,'' he said. ''People just smash a glass or a bottle and drive it into someone's face.'' Dr Fulde said Australia should be embarrassed by resi- dents' need to ''use an im- plement to settle a fight''. NOW AT 3 GREAT LOCATIONS! OPEN 7 DAYS BELROSE: Phone 9450 1215 Supa Centa Belrose Corner Mona Vale Rd & Forest Way CASTLE HILL: Phone 8850 2006 Supa Centa Castle Hill Corner Windsor Rd & Showground Rd DRUMMOYNE: Phone 9181 2700 103 Victoria Road Parking at rear via Formosa St Our full range is available for viewing at www.tigress.com.au Select from a range of solid hardwood dining tables in either chocolate or toffee. Square 150x150cm. Rectangle 200x100cm... "Waratah" glass top wicker table with 8 matching chairs. 216cm x 112cm Only while stocks last. Conditions apply. See in stores for details. RRP $3499 8 SEATER DINING ONLY $1999 SAVE $1500 OUTDOOR DINING SUITE ONLY $999 SAVE $1500 MIX 'N' MATCH TABLE & CHAIRS! RRP $2499 Hurry! Only while stocks last! IT'S SALE TIME AT TIGRESS EXOTIC LIVING! ...then choose 8 chairs from a variety of styles in your choice of leather, timber, or rattan!
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