Processes of data collection and analysis being used to decide policy need to be as independent and transparent as possible, particularly on issues as contentious as Sydney’s lockout laws.
The collection and analysis of data used for making policy should be independent and open to ensure public trust in decision-making. The debate over alcohol licensing shows why this matters.
For young women in Queensland, the risk of unwanted sexual attention is high when they go out at night.
Rates of unwelcome advances haven’t changed under Queensland’s ‘Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence’ policies. In one entertainment district, it happened to 26% of women the night they were interviewed.
Queenslanders are drinking heavily when they go out and breathalyser tests show most don’t realise how drunk they are.
Even after ‘Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence’ policies took effect in 2016, Queenslanders still drink more heavily on nights out. Reported levels of aggression are higher than in other states too.
Public alarm at alcohol-related violence led the Queensland government to change liquor licensing laws in 2016. The results of a two-year evaluation are now in.
A comprehensive two-year evaluation of statewide measures introduced in 2016 has shown it’s possible to reduce alcohol-related violence while also producing economic benefits.
The clearest change following the introduction of 24-hour public transport was that people were observed to be getting more intoxicated.
A program aimed at getting people home safely has cost A$300 million but has had little impact, aside from increased intoxication in CBD venues. Rates of assaults and road crashes are much the same.
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Mere economic models don’t take into account the full complexity of our relationship with alcohol.
New research aims to bring hope to the often forgotten or stigmatised friends and relatives of those who die from drug or alcohol use.
Early closing times reduce alcohol-fuelled violence but still face opposition from businesses.
The Queensland government has said it will push ahead with its plan to introduce lockouts and 3am closing times for pubs and clubs. This is a good idea for patrons and businesses alike.
What does the evidence say about alcohol and violence?
There is a lot of evidence showing that changing people’s drinking hours and consumption patterns reduces violence and hospital admissions.
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Measures to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence will take time to really have an effect.
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Neither communities nor governments can tackle alcohol problems alone.
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