Patron offending and intoxication

Investigators: Peter Miller, Amy Pennay, Rebecca Jenkinson

This project will determine the factors and correlates associated with alcohol-related violence in licensed venues and night-time entertainment precincts across five Australian cities (two regional and three metropolitan).

The primary aim of the project is to measure levels of pre-drinking, drinking in venues, intoxication, illicit drug use and harmful drinking practices (such as mixing with energy drinks) of patrons in entertainment areas, and relating this to offending, risky behaviour and harms experienced.

The project will also investigate the effects of license type, trading hours, duration of drinking episodes and geographical location on intoxication, offending, violence and experience of harm.

Methods will include patron interviews (incorporating breathalysing and drug testing) and intensive venue observations.

The information gathered through this project will inform prevention and enforcement approaches of police and venue staff.