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From Hunting to Drinking: the devastating effects of alcohol on an Australian Aboriginal community

David McKnight
Routledge (22 May 2002)

From Hunting to Drinking reveals the devastating effects that alcohol has had over a period of 30 years on Mornington Island, off the North Queensland Coast, Australia. Drinking has become the main social activity on the island and the amount of alcohol consumed has reached a disturbing level.

David McKnight assesses this situation and explores how it now affects all reaches of community life - local politics, marriage, child-rearing practices, gender relationships, employment, law, housing and education. He reviews the history of drinking in Australia as well as its causes and asks why the situation has been allowed to continue, exploring the vested interest that the authorities have in the sale of alcohol on the island.

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