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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 11, 2008 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au A 16-year-old girl who fell off a 3m wall after consuming 10 drinks is treated in the emergency ward. Picture: DAVE SWIFT PP221444 Reporter Paul Tatnell and photographer Dave Swift went behind the scenes at St Vincents' Hospital on a Saturday night for a first- hand look at Sydney's violent alcohol culture. Injuries sum up booze culture How do we solve the booze crisis? Tell us online. www.innerwestweekly.com.au BLOODY faces, teenagers passed out on stretchers, abusive patients and innocent victims of Sydney's violent pubs and clubs. It's Sydney's own war zone, a normal Saturday night at the emergency ward at St Vincent's Hospital, and it shows the ugly side of Sydney's binge-drinking epidemic. Within just 24 hours, the medi- cal team has seen no less than 65 people under the age of 30. They said 90 per cent of those cases were likely alcohol-related. King hits, glassings and acci- dents . . . they've seen it all. Our first serious case came in just after 10pm. A 16-year-old girl was rushed in by ambulance after she fell 3m from a wall where she had been drinking. Her wails of pain could be heard as she was taken through into her treatment room. X-rays revealed she has fractures in her back. Eventually her friends rocked up. Heads in hands, the sight of their drinking buddy in a neck brace brought most to tears. Veteran nurse Sandra Gracie told us they were expecting an onslaught. ''I am glad you are here. People need to realise exactly what is going on . . . drinking and the violence really is a serious issue,'' she said. Sam* was the next patient. He had been seriously assaulted in Kings Cross. His head was severely swollen. And they kept coming, drunk after drunk came in demanding attention. Sandra said nurses were used to copping their fair share of abuse. ''They call us everything under the sun and all we are doing is helping them,'' she said. And the ambulances kept roll- ing in too . . passed out youths, friends in tow. Come 6am, the influx has slowed down, but not entirely stopped. A young man was been treated for hand injuries after he was involved in several fights. He is a regular, nurses tell us. * Not his real name Give peace a chance AN anti-domestic violence mess- age is being introduced into sev- eral Sydney pubs with coasters that read ''Shout at the pub, not at home'' and ''Put your glass down, not your missus''. The campaign is one of 80 community initiatives popping up around Sydney, supported by funding from the State Govern- ment. Another local committee is using shopper dockets to spread the message ''Expect respect'' with the domestic violence hotline number printed on 1.5 million supermarket receipts. Premier Nathan Rees said viol- ence against women was a ''blot on our humanity'' and expressed his revulsion at crimes against women. ''We are united in contempt for men who would violate the most sacred of all trusts -- our duty towards others and especially to the vulnerable, in the home, on the streets or in the workplace.'' Burwood Decorate Free Christmas Craft with Mrs Claus 12 -- 24 December, 11:00am -- 2:00pm daily. Centre Court. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Meet Santa's Live Reindeer Santa's Reindeer will be making a special appearance in centre, before taking off for a busy Christmas Eve! 19 -- 24 December, 11:00am -- 3:00pm daily. Centre Court. Have your photo taken with Santa Santa would love to meet you and hear all of your Christmas wishes. You can have your photo taken with Santa at his throne -- a wonderful keepsake gift for family and friends. To make the silly season a little easier, we have extended our shopping hours. Mon15Dec 9am--6pm Tues 16 Dec 9am -- 6pm Wed17Dec 9am--6pm Thurs 18 Dec 9am -- 10pm Fri 19 Dec 9am -- 6pm Sat 20 Dec 9am -- 6pm Sun21Dec 9am--6pm Mon 22 Dec 9am -- 10pm Tues 23 Dec 9am -- 10pm Wed 24 Dec 9am -- 5.30pm (Fresh Food open from 7am) Thurs 25 Dec CLOSED Fri 26 Dec CLOSED Sat 27 Dec 9am -- 6pm
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