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Alcohol and Violence

Alcohol and Violence

 The riot that had happened in Little India on December 8, 2013 was a surprise. The peaceful country had not seen riots in more than 40 years. The police force contained the riots and apprehended the rioters before further damage was done. After the incident, the police are now beefing their security in Little India. It does not end there because authorities are talking about tightening liquor access.

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Every weekend, especially on Sundays and Public Holidays, crowds gather in Little India to hang out and grab some drinks. Though it is not certain what spurred the riot, it cannot be questioned that there is a relation between alcohol and behaviour. Scientists found out that alcohol can promote aggressiveness and other violent behaviours. Here are the direct effects of alcohol:

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1. Disrupting brain’s function. It is said that you are not you when you are drinking. There is some truth to this. When you are too drunk, it will disrupt the normal functioning of the brain. Alcohol is proved to weaken the mechanisms of the brain that contain impulsive behaviours.

2. Clouds judgment. In relation to the disruption of the brain’s function, alcohol can impair the processing of information which can lead to a misjudgement of social situations. Sometimes drunk people tend to overreact. They will perceive it a threat and then act violently when they think it is time.

3. Makes inaccurate assessment. Alcohol can also narrow one’s attention. If one’s attention is narrowed, he/she will make inaccurate assessment. Their violent impulse will kick in as soon as they perceived a threat or harm.

It is important to be aware when to stop. It is okay to hang out and drink but you should know when to stop. You may not be a violent person when you are sober but who knows what you can do when you are drunk?

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