Australia PM slams Sydney's 'violent binge drinking culture'
SYDNEY (AFP) - A "violent binge drinking culture" has turned parts of Sydney into "almost war zones", Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, condemning a rise in alcohol-fuelled incidents rocking Sydney.
Debate has raged for weeks in Sydney about the prevalence of booze-driven violence as the city enjoys the summer festive season, with several incidents of young men being severely injured after being "king-hit" on nights out.
Some emergency room doctors have warned that the violence is getting worse and they are being inundated with alcohol-related cases, with calls growing for politicians to do more to tackle the issue.
"The tragedy is that places that should be entertainment precincts have become, on some occasions, almost war zones because there is just so much alcohol-fuelled violence," said the prime minister, father to three young adult daughters.