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Should we consider alcohol-related violence to be a social justice issue?

One Punch Too Many

Social justice is where the rights of every person in a community are considered in a fair and equitable manner. Consider these facts in relation to alcohol-related violence, when evaluating the relation of this issue to social justice:

  • People who are younger, from lower socioeconomic areas, and of lower education status are more likely to use and abuse alcohol and be involved with violent behaviours; meaning these groups are particularly vulnerable to experiencing alcohol-related violence.
  • Victims of alcohol-related violence are often young men, but men and women from all ages can be affected directly or indirectly, including children.
  • The victims of alcohol-related violence can be killed by a single punch, often in unprovoked or unexpected attacks. Those that live often have expensive hospitalisations, severe morbidities and long recoveries.

For health, social justice revolves around four key ideas; access, equity, rights and participation. The statements above establish that there is inequality…

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March 26, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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