Alcohol in Australia: Young people preloading and getting drunk in greater numbers

Apr 30, 2015

The number of young people drinking to get drunk rose to nearly 60 per cent in the past year, while 73 per cent had preloaded on cheaper drinks at home before going out, according to a comprehensive survey of Australian’s drinking habits.

Lockouts and last drinks

Apr 17, 2015

Patricia Menéndez, Don Weatherburn, Kypros Kypri and Jacqueline Fitzgerald look at the impact of the January 2014 liquor licence reforms on assaults in NSW.

Newcastle lockout laws success replicated in Sydney

Apr 17, 2015

THE introduction of Newcastle-style liquor laws to Sydney’s city centre late-night venues has lead to a ‘‘dramatic’’ and ‘‘spectacular’’ reduction in assaults by as much as 40 per cent, a new analysis shows.

The result is comparable to the drop in assaults in Newcastle after similar changes to liquor laws made in the city in 2008, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research director Don Weatherburn said.

The change was ‘‘one of the most dramatic effects I’ve seen in my time of policy interventions to reduce crime’’ and both precincts ‘‘are now much safer than they were,” Dr Weatherburn said.

Massive drop in violent assaults since lockout laws

Apr 17, 2015

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione is “ecstatic” about the “stunning” drop in violent assaults near Sydney pubs and clubs, just over a year since the state government’s lockout laws came into effect.

Time to roll alcohol measures out state-wide, Premier

Apr 16, 2015

Media Release, 16 April 2015Crime statistics released today confirming a huge decline in non-domestic violence in the greater Sydney CBD area prove the Government’s alcohol restrictions are working and should now be rolled out in alcohol-violence hotspots around the state.

Lockout laws have reduced numbers hospitalised due to alcohol-related violence

Apr 16, 2015

OPINION: Today we will receive the first official word on whether Sydney’s lockout laws have been a success.


The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) will release its review of the state’s liquor licensing restrictions – collectively known as the “lockout laws” – a suite of reforms introduced by the O’Farrell government in February 2014 to combat an epidemic of alcohol-fuelled violence and harm.

We know what works. Let’s do it.

Apr 15, 2015

recent article from The Conversation shows that the so-called ‘last drinks’ laws in Sydney’s Kings Cross have been remarkably successful in reducing both violence and property-related crime. The article’s author, Associate Professor Peter Miller demonstrates that early pub closing times work for Kings Cross/Central Sydney and they will for Queensland too.

Opinion: Queensland should embrace lockout and early closure laws to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence

Apr 9, 2015

IT GIVES me great encouragement to hear of the State Government’s plans to introduce 1am lockout laws and 3am last drinks across Queensland.

Because as the Director of Trauma at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney – which has as its catchment zone the CBD, Kings Cross and Oxford St, an area with the greatest concentration of licensed premises in Australia – I know first-hand how such laws save lives.

MEDIA RELEASE: Kings Cross success highlights need to roll measures out around NSW

Apr 1, 2015

A huge decrease in assaults shows the success of the alcohol restrictions are having in the greater Sydney CBD, and highlight the need for the measures to be rolled out elsewhere in the state.

NSW Labor commits to NAAPA alcohol ask

Mar 12, 2015

At a NSW/ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance event last week, the NSW ALP committed $1.2 million of funding over four years for a dedicated FASD Clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.