Melbourne Nightlife Blog

08 March, 2008

Police blitzing bingers

This weekend police are running a blitz this weekend concentrating on street offences, underage drinking and public drunkenness. The Age is reporting Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Overland as saying the public should consider: having a summit to discuss youth substance abuse, violence and antisocial behaviour; ensuring parents take more responsibility for the actions of their teenagers; introducing tougher laws to charge adults, including parents, who buy alcohol for under-age drinkers; and beginning a long-term campaign to change social attitudes to public drunkenness. Mr Overland claims there is a "series of complex social issues" underpinning the increase in Melbourne violence, and it is too easy to blame young partygoers.

While clinical psychologist Dr Simon Crisp at Monash University says the state government should consider raising the legal drinking age to twenty-one years of age.

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