Binge drinkers only have themselves to blame

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I never cease to be amazed by today’s ‘blame culture’ and how in our society many people seem unable to take responsibility for their actions.

Recently across the country there have been several unfortunate incidents where young people have fallen into rivers and drowned after a night out.

The rivers have been blamed as needing to be ‘fenced off’ or ‘better lighted’ but nowhere have I heard anyone admit that these tragedies could be easily avoided if young people would moderate their drinking habits.

I am sure no one wishes to spoil the enjoyment of those celebrating a night out with friends but you cannot tell me that it is necessary to consume vast quantities of alcohol in order to have a good time.

One only has to witness the disturbing sight every night on our city streets of those rendered paralytic by drink, especially the many vulnerable young women, to realise the dangers to which they are exposing themselves, but at the end of the day if a tragedy occurs they only have themselves to blame.

However, it is a disgrace as to how much this irresponsible behaviour costs in police time and NHS treatment in our already overstretched hospitals and is a sad indictment of the times in which we live.

Susan Richardson

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