Effects of restricting pub closing times on night-time assaults in an Australian city – University of Newcastle
In many countries there continues to be intense public interest in the trading hours of alcohol outlets. Encour- agingly, local, state and national governments appear increasingly interested in the application of research evi- dence to the regulation of the liquor trade. Given the demand for evidence, there is surprisingly little research literature on the effects of changes in trading hours.
The AER study, The Range and Magnitude of Alcohol’s Harm to Others, provides for the first time a detailed insight into the significant costs and problems that alcohol misuse causes for a large number of other Australians.
MEDIA RELEASE: The impact of restricted alcohol availability in Newcastle – NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Assaults after dark fell by 29 per cent (133 per year) in Newcastle following the impositions on trading restrictions on 14 licensed premises in the city.
The impact of restricted alcohol availability on alcohol-related violence in Newcastle, NSW – NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
In July 2007 the NSW Police Force lodged a complaint with the NSW Liquor Administration Board (LAB)3 against four Newcastle licensed premises on the grounds that they were causing “undue disturbance of the quiet and good order of the neighbourhood”. This complaint was made against a backdrop of considerable community dissatisfaction with high levels of alcohol-related violence in and around the Newcastle CBD (ABC 2008).
Opportunities for addressing the local alcohol problem
What does the research tell us?
Alcohol misuse has a significant impact on our community. It costs millions of dollars each day through lost labour, crime and health care. Alcohol misuse is closely linked to crime and anti-social behaviour. This includes assault, malicious damage and offensive behaviour. Excluding domestic violence incidents, almost one third of alcohol-related assaults occur on licensed premises such as hotels and clubs.