Look at them blokes! Got no bloody control see: Alcohol consumption and the Australian Aborigine
Faculty of Business and Public Management
School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
In Australia, alcohol has been central to Aboriginal-European relations since occupation. It signifies more than simply another commodity. Its use by Aborigines symbolically represents acceptance and inclusion within mainstream Australian society. To non-Aborigines, however, Aboriginal alcohol consumption more often symbolises lack of control, violent behaviour and Aboriginal untrustworthiness. It is also having a disastrous impact on remote Aboriginal communities of the Kimberley and is the major cause of their contemporary health problems. This study attempts to identify the reasons for alcohol abuse in these communities and the attempts to cope with the problem from an Aboriginal perspective.