Different cultures support different types of violence. More traditional beliefs allow men to think they have the right to control or discipline a woman through physical or sexual abuse (World Health Organization, 2009). Cultural acceptance of violence like sexual abuse hinders those violated from coming forward, where others are prevented from speaking out and gaining support. Alcohol consumption is the leader of violence in many cultures. Alcohol consumption and its intended effects allow those to justify their violent acts. “Cultures that tolerate higher rates of intoxication report stronger relationships between alcohol use and violence,” (World Health Organization, 2009). In our culture, and those similar to us, violent behaviour is justified by the consumption of alcohol. In The Dinner the two boys that committed the horrible act along with the brother/cousin had been drinking at a party and decided to stop at the café on their way home and have another beer. They didn’t have enough money on them, so made the decision to ride their bikes to the ATM and withdraw extra money. This is where they found the homeless woman sleeping and made the horrible decision to attack her then, accidentally, light her on fire. “And then there was something else. This was the Netherlands. This was not the Bronx. We were not in the slums of Johannesburg or Rio de Janeiro. In Holland, you had a social safety net. No one had to lie around and get in the way in an ATM cubicle” (Herman Koch, 142). This is an excellent example of how violence is handled in different cultures. Paul Lohman, the father of one of the boys (Michel) is defending the boys’ actions based on where they live. He uses the Bronx as an example of extreme violence and Rio de Janeiro as an example of poverty. Paul also says in the novel that the boys were drinking, and they were good boys, not saints, but they were good boys. He makes excuses for them, one being that they had been drinking and the other being where they lived. In our culture and those similar to ours, we have privileges many other cultures do not have. We make justifications for our violent behaviour through excuses others are unable to use.