REGARDING the issue of responsible consumption of alcohol, Alcohol and Other Drugs Council chief executive David Templeman is to be congratulated on his suggestion that: ‘‘Governments at all levels need to act’’. (‘‘Cheap alcohol the real problem’’, Letters 6/12).
However, given the ever-increasing approvals for liquor licences and the subsequent income derived from those, together with a lack of appropriate funding for education and mental health care, it is extremely doubtful there will ever be any real change.
Few people are opposed to anyone enjoying a glass or two of an alcoholic beverage. However, excessive consumption has been an issue throughout history and it appears that very little, if anything, has ever been done to protect those most vulnerable to addiction, or their families.
And for those of us whose entire adult lives have been severely affected by childhood trauma associated with the abusive, and at times violent, behaviour of an alcoholic parent, it is despairing to sit back and watch children and teens continue to be subjected to such trauma.
Jennifer Threlfo, Carrington