Alcohol link to rise in attacks by girls

BINGE drinking has been blamed for a surge in the number of women arrested for violence in Sydney, Australia.

The number of women identified by police as being involved in assault incidents grew from 13,373 in 2002-03 to 14,806 in 2006-07, figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show.

There was a 2.3 per cent growth in the 10 to 17 age bracket, and of 2.6 per cent among women aged over 18.

The overall assault rate and assaults by men have remained steady.

The emergency director of St Vincent’s Hospital, Gordian Fulde, has no doubt a rise in binge drinking is behind the growing number of females committing assault.

More at the Sydney Morning Herald

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