Risk-related Alcohol Consumption Influenced by Mistreatment as a Child

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Community services, health, and judicial systems are under strain from risk-related alcohol consumption and the associated behavioural and health problems (National Health and Medical Research Council 2011). Australian Alcohol Guidelines recommend drinking no more than 2 standard drinks per day for females, and no more than 4 standard drinks per day for males (Commonwealth of Australia, 2013). The guidelines also recommend at least 2 days free of alcohol per week (Commonwealth of Australia, 2013). Therefore, binge drinking, alcohol dependence, and alcohol abuse are risk-related due to being in excess of the recommended guidelines. Research has been conducted to ascertain contributing factors that make one person more likely to consume alcohol at risk-related levels than another. Suffering abuse and, or neglect as a child has been determined to have strong relationships with risk-related alcohol use (Shin et al., 2013; Benjet et al., 2013; Strine et al., 2009). Available research also shows how the age of first alcoholic drink, the influence of peer pressure, and >>>> 3rd variable to balance and critique<<< can also be used to track trajectories for risk-related alcohol consumption. According to the Oxford dictionary; abuse is the subjection to “cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly”, while neglect is the “failure to care for” a child (Oxford University Press, 2014). Therefore, abuse and neglect can be categorised as mistreatment. It will be argued that a
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