There is widespread concern about the recent deaths from alcohol-fuelled violence. There is the risk, however, that in the same way the gun debate in the US flares after every shooting then fades away without change, a similar pattern will emerge in Australia.
And as surely as each death fades in our collective memory, another young man will be king-hit in the street and end up in a critical condition in hospital or fatally injured.
In the wake of the violence there have been calls for reforms of the sentencing laws for alcohol-fuelled violence and for changes to the curfew for licensed premises. There have also been impassioned pleas by emergency doctors and parents for people to drink less.