“Domestic violence is a widely discussed issue in Australia. However, many narratives fail to acknowledge the impact of alcohol and illicit substances on the prevalence and severity of domestic violence. They also fail to adequately describe the complexity of violence that occurs within families.
A new study has revealed heavy episodic drinking doubles the risk of family and domestic violence. (Alcohol/Drug-Involved Family Violence in Australia (http://www.ndlerf.gov.au/publications/monographs/monograph-68)
Heavy drinking was also found to be linked to increased coercive controlling behaviour. This encompasses the behaviours used to exert control over an intimate partner such as financial control, threatening and intimidating behaviour, emotional control and isolation.”