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Alcohol and Violence
 Alcohol often triggers violence in our society, at home, in public Places, and in street fights. Many people get into serious arguments after drinking.
 Most violence happens within families, usually men assaulting women and children.
 Assault is against the law. And Police now treat domestic incidents as family violence complaints.
 “Family violence” includes violence which physical, emotional, Psychological and sexual. It includes intimidation and threats of violence within families and de facto relationships.
 Some women who live in abusive relationships turn to alcohol, pills and drugs thinking these will ease the problems of their violent relationship.
 It is best to seek help if alcohol is repeatedly causing or aggravating violent behaviour. Acknowledge and confront the alcohol problem before a dangerous situation arises. Contact an alcohol and drug centre or Alcoholics Anonymous.
 They are listed in the telephone book. Or contact a Citizens Advice Bureau. If possible, call the police when violence erupts. Dial 111 or have the number of the local police station by the phone. You could also go to the Police station and make a complaint.


For some young people an unwanted pregnancy or sexual disease may be the aftermath of too much booze.
 Alcohol consumption is linked to New Zealand's high rate of unplanned adolescent pregnancies - the second highest in the developed world.
 Alcohol is also linked to the high spread of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents.

Reducing or stopping drinking will help a person:
Stay healthier and feel more energetic
Maintain or increase physical fitness
Improve relationships and family life
Have more money to spend on other things
Drive safely
Never feel hung over or “liverish”
Gain improved concentration and memory

Reproduced with the kind permission of the New Zealand Police Association

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