The author of this article discuss the prevention of alcohol and illicit drug related issues in their communities in Victoria.
His main claim is that alcohol and illicit drugs present serious short and long term harms to not only those who over indulge in these substances but also to the neighborhoods and local governments in the forms of anti-social or illegal behaviour such as alcohol related assaults, injuries and property damage.
His evidence shows that one of 10 Victorians drink at risky levels at least once per week and about 700 Victorians die as a result of alcohol related issues. Also the reports of the National Preventative Health Taskforce revealed that “more than 42 million incidents of binge drinking occur in Australian communities each year” (Streker 2012. p.1) and that “84% of Australians were concerned about alcohol-related impacts in their community”. In addition, National Drug Strategy household survey found that almost 15 % of Australians who had used illicit drugs in the previous 12 months were over 14 years old.
Therefore, the author discusses the effective management strategies that have potential to reduce alcohol and illicit drug related harms in the communities.
The author clearly states research question and supports the some of preventitive strategies with the evidences.
(Streker, P. (2012) Under the influence: What local governments can do to reduce drug and alcohol related harms in their communities.