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Violence against women is not just a matter of drink

SOME people might think that reducing the alcohol guidance limit for men would be a positive factor in reducing instances of violence against women.

That would certainly fit nicely in with the myth that alcohol itself acts as a personality-altering substance that turns otherwise normal men into violent abusers.

It doesn’t, and we need to stop that myth being peddled if we are to see any real progress.

There is a certain double standard when it comes to how we view alcohol use between the sexes. For men, it is the eternal saving grace and bad behaviour get out clause.

“He’s fine when he’s not got a drink in him.” For women, alcohol is the stuff that we are told to avoid while pregnant. It’s the thing that we really should steer clear of if we care about our looks.

It’s what we must avoid if we don’t want to be raped or killed. It’s what we definitely must not consume if we want the court of public opinion to treat us fairly when we are attacked. ...


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2 thoughts on “Violence against women is not just a matter of drink

  • robert.matthias says:

    Alcohol concern and others are peddling non-sense which is not based on hard fact. We cannot blame alcohol for everything and if we are to reduce the problem then we need to deal in genuine proven facts and not political rhetoric. I am aware that tobacco is responsible for a great deal of violence and US research shows this. I had a relative who never drank but showed extreme violence towards his wife if he was not able to get his cigarettes or she had forgotten to buy them. We need education not lies for political gain or support it does not serve the victims

    • Admin says:

      Tobacco, like alcohol, is not “responsible” for violence. Men are responsible for their choice to engage in violence. Alcohol, tobacco, jealousy: these are all excuses created to deny men’s responsibility for their actions and the consequences of those actions.