New drinking limits put on bottle shops and drinking venues – Sunday Telegraph

Apr 8, 2012

STRICT limits would be placed on the number of bottle shops and drinking venues in any one council area under state government plans to curb alcohol-related violence.

Hunter ambos under attack – Newcastle Herald

Mar 28, 2012

HUNTER paramedics tending to car crash victims and unconscious late-night revellers are coming under violent attacks from drunk, drug-affected and aggressive patients and bystanders.

Hamilton lockouts to stay – Newcastle Herald

Mar 28, 2012

RESTRICTIONS on the late-night sale of alcohol and a 1am lockout on weekends will remain in place indefinitely at Hamilton hotels as a matter of ‘‘public interest’’.

Toothless tiger won’t change rough pubs – SMH

Mar 24, 2012

The NSW government’s ”three strikes” regime for licensed venues began on January 1 and so far two hotels and one club have been disciplined under the scheme, which threatens repeat offenders with the ultimate loss of their liquor licence.

Figures show limits on city pubs worked – Newcastle Herald

Mar 22, 2012

ALMOST five years ago I wrote an opinion piece for the Newcastle Herald titled “Alcohol crime: whose responsibility is it?”. At the time, I wrote that Newcastle was being talked about for all the wrong reasons as a city of alcohol-related crime.

Forum hears of youth alcohol, drug use

Mar 21, 2012

Drugs and alcohol are becoming a growing problem for Hunter teenagers, with youngsters getting hooked on cannabis and others believing recreational use will not create addiction.

Annual Alcohol Poll: Attitudes and Behaviours – FARE

Mar 20, 2012

FARE’s nation-wide Annual Alcohol Poll was launched today in Sydney. The Poll provides an insight into Australia’s attitudes towards alcohol, and keeps the FARE team connected to how Australians feel about the way that we drink and its impacts on the community.

Considering local context when evaluating a closed circuit television system in public spaces – AIC

Oct 1, 2011

The use of CCTV as a tool to prevent crime in public spaces continues to expand, in particular among local governments (Iris Research Ltd 2005). Indeed, its popularity and use is not restricted solely to preventing crime. CCTV has been implemented for a range of purposes that includes use as an access control measure, as a method to reduce fear of crime and improve perceptions of community safety, to potentially detect crime and also to be an evidentiary tool (Allard, Wortley & Stewart 2006).

Alcohol: Reducing The Harm and Curbing The Culture of Excess – WALA

Jun 23, 2011

Alcohol has been a part of community life for many years. Most Western Australians, most of the time, consume alcohol in a responsible manner. However, as excess alcohol consumption has become a major problem in the community, the State Government must continue to try to legislate to reduce this harm. The State’s average consumption of alcohol is now at a similar level to that in Ireland. Some of the State’s regional consumption rates are the highest in the world.

Alcohol and assault on Friday and Saturday nights: Findings from the DUMA program – AIC

May 1, 2011

In 2010, the Australian Alcohol Education and Research Foundation (AERF) released its report into the hidden harms associated with alcohol use. A key focus of that report was the not previously estimated, but tangible, costs of alcohol’s harm to others, which according to the authors amounted to a total of $14.2b annually.