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Booze-related violence on the rise among youths

DDP/The Local · 1 Feb 2010, 12:16

Published: 01 Feb 2010 12:16 GMT+01:00

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Eleven out of the country’s 16 state offices of criminal investigation responded to the survey by broadcaster ARD, which concluded that the number of alcohol-related violent crimes went up by up to 17 percent in the last 10 years.

According to the broadcaster, such statistics haven never been compared on a national level before.

The southern state of Bavaria had the highest increase, with the percentage of alcohol-related violence jumping by 17.4 percent from 2000 to 2008. Meanwhile the states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Brandenburg and Lower Saxony reported increases of between four and 12.4 percent.

One of the nation’s top criminologists, Christian Pfeiffer, told ARD that police statistics and studies on unreported crime show that Germany has a “massive alcohol problem among young people that has trended upwards” compared to other nations.

The head of the KFN criminology research institute of Lower Saxony also referred to one of the institution’s studies that polled some 45,000 youths nationwide to find a direct link between violence and alcohol consumption. Particularly brutal attacks, such as the beating death of Dominik Brunner at a Munich S-Bahn stop last year, are often alcohol related, he said.

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Pfeiffer encouraged a blanket alcohol ban for young people under the age of 18, which he said would help reduce violence. Current law allows children to begin buying beer and wine at age 16. But an increasing number of European Union countries are implementing an 18-and-old alcohol law, ARD reported.

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Your comments about this article

00:50 February 2, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, it would be wise to accept he fact that alcoholism is a serious for even adults. Therefore it would certainly be a postive thing to raise the age limit for alcohol consumption.

And in the meantime, there needs to be far more counseling on the idea of "moderation".

Don't drink all 12 beers in one day!
11:44 February 2, 2010 by Frenemy
This "study" is a crock of sh!t. "booze-related violence" has been statistically static (remained the same) since the first brewed/distilled beverage became publicly available!!
00:47 March 18, 2010 by businesswoman
I think booze related violence at all age groups is a concern. I was recently staying at a hotel away on business. A hen party was in the hotel at the same time. It was late in the evening and I was getting the lift to my room. Some drunken women get in the lift and stare at me. One in a drunk state hugs me tight going, are n't you the fat little business babe, your about to burst and the girls start giggling. I get out of the lift and one brushes her hand off my shoulder goes enjoy the pie convension and they all laugh. I locked myself into my room and ordered room service such was my fear. How can we expect youths to behave when we as adults don't act as role models.
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