Alcohol link to most assaults

The Press 29/09/2009

More than half the assaults in New Zealand involve alcohol, a new study shows. A Massey University study of 16,500 people published in the New Zealand Medical Journal found that nearly 7 per cent of men and 3 per cent of women had been physically assaulted in the previous year. One in 100 women had been sexually assaulted, and one in 200 men. More than half the physical and sexual assaults were by people who had been drinking. Alcohol consumption also increased people’s chances of being a victim. The research suggested there were more than 62,000 assaults every year by people who had been drinking alcohol.