Council tackles alcohol-related violence

A SHOALHAVEN City Council education campaign will highlight the effects of alcohol-related assault.

Called ‘It’s not cool to be a tool’, it will be launched at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre at 10am on Wednesday.

Forensic pharmacist and toxicologist, Jennifer Pilgrim, is a leader in the field of alcohol-fuelled violence and will be appearing at the launch.

Mayor Joanna Gash said she was very concerned at statistics demonstrating that one in four Australians had been a victim of alcohol- related violence at some point.

“Alcohol-related violence has a huge social and economic cost within Australian society,” said Cr Gash.

“This is an issue that affects people of all ages, with many people being subject to random acts of violence or needless abuse when trying to enjoy an evening out.

“It is extremely concerning to consider the damage a one punch assault can cause, with 90 deaths having been attributed to king-hits around Australia since 2000.”

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