Cigarette advertising and use has come a lot under the spotlight lately and alcohol has also got a bit of a mention.
Alcohol, or alcohol-abuse and alcoholism are in fact Australia’s biggest drug problem statistics show, but it tends to get the least publicity as such or mention.
You can’t expect to bring in things like prohibition when there is a problem with say tobacco or alcohol-use health problems.
It just does not work, as was proved when they tried to outlaw alcohol in USA many years ago.
But you can still educate people and help warn them of the dangers.
They say alcoholism or alcohol-abuse can be a “family disease” in that it can cause so much unrest and chaos in families where one or more members has the problem.
Alcoholism itself can have a habit of re-occurring every second generation in some families and often kids and spouses are the ones who suffer the most.
No child likes to see a parent intoxicated. It is not only often bewildering, but frightening and traumatic when there’s an ongoing problem.
Violence and domestic violence is often a big hardship in some families where alcohol problems occur, and this is very sad.
For those who do suffer the ill-effects of indulgence there are bodies out there offering help, but still not enough at times, when you consider often how widespread problems can be in some communities.
Bendigo has a drug and alcohol detox unit in Holdsworth Road Bendigo, but it has only four beds – a mere token when you consider broader Bendigo and the region it has to service.
More and more young people are taking up things like heavy drinking or binge drinking.
It’s not good, as by the time you reach 30, and you’re not growing out of it, it can very much be a sign you’ve sown the seed for what is likely to become a serious chronic problem.