by E.W., Police Officer, Australia
I have served in the Police Force for seventeen years within metropolitan, state and federal departments. In this time I have been exposed to many investigations. It is not without good reason that the one area in law where police are considered to be ‘experts’, is in providing evidence of opinion regarding drunken behaviour.
Dealing with alcohol-related incidents is now recognised as a major drain on resources for all emergency services.
I have dealt with the mindless violence associated with alcohol and witnessed the catastrophic damage it does to individuals, families and communities. Let me be very clear – if you are going to be seriously assaulted or meet an untimely end, by accident or design, including vehicle accident or brawl, in approximately 80% of cases alcohol will be a contributing factor!
Certainly alcohol is a known aggravating factor in up to 90% of all domestic violence related incidents – I certainly cannot recall attending a DV incident where alcohol wasn’t involved.
These facts are well known and the statistics make grim reading! They are the reason ALL western governments are now taking drastic measures to tackle alcohol related violence – tactically referred to as ‘excessive consumption’, and this includes related domestic violence incidents.
I have worked within some of the most hostile housing estates imaginable, and either faced or witnessed violence that would make the average person physically tremble.
Any description of these events has usually been met with incredulity, as I often find it is a safe and programmed response that belief or acceptance frequently depend on a filtration process geared for that which is comfortable and fits simplistic reasoning.
I have observed firsthand that the common ingredient existing throughout all the various forms of violence, be that from domestic to football-related, or simply mindless violence – is ALCOHOL! It is most definitely not just drugs alone. My experience, which history also demonstrates, is that alcohol and violence have a symbiotic correlation.
Interestingly, where there is evidence of violence with drugs, alcohol is also present as an aggravating element. Furthermore, drug-affected violence itself is not that common. In my experience as a police officer it is safer to walk into a crack house than a busy Friday night in many pubs. Violence is not limited by socio-economic status.
It is also often much easier to communicate with those who are drug affected than those affected by alcohol… you can at least successfully reason with those affected by drugs. Not so with those who are drunk!
Why? I have observed, in my capacity as a police officer, drunks who at first appear ‘jovial’ or ‘merry’ very quickly become overly familiar, aggressive and violent: they hold an opinion that is more important than anyone else’s, and is always the right and best opinion. They know better than you about everything… and are happy to repeat it – even in the holding cells. I have witnessed this on many occasions.
I have picked up from the ground, unconscious (and sometimes beaten unconscious) teenagers, whose parents believe they are out with friends or just having a harmless drink. Running street battles, or single mindless ‘king hit’ assaults are the norm, not the exception, for a busy weekend in a drinking district. I have visited broken homes where the children are malnourished and wearing rags, but the fridge is full of beer!
So, Serge Benhayon has correctly identified what he describes as the complete and utter personality alteration of those under the influence of alcohol – not known as ‘spirits’ for no reason. He has completely and accurately described the change in personality, the devastations to the home and family, and the impact on physical well being that alcohol causes. I have often wondered, if alcohol was not a centuries old ingrained habit, would it not be classed up there with hard drugs?
The usual disbelief and remorse that follows when a person becomes sober the following day follows a common and repeated pattern. The aggressive nature is replaced with embarrassment and a very quiet and sombre person, who will then utter the all too often repeated phrase, after being ‘refreshed’ with a hot beverage containing at least five or six sugars – ‘did I do that?’ Or…‘that wasn’t me, was it?’