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Key stakeholder perspectives of drink restrictions in Newcastle, Australia

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posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ashlee CurtisAshlee Curtis, Peter MillerPeter Miller, Darren Palmer, Ian WarrenIan Warren, Emma Mcfarlane, Kate Hudson
Background: The problems associated with alcohol consumption in or around licensed premises in the nighttime economy are extensive. One intervention designed to address these problems is drink restrictions. The aim of the current study is to gain different key stakeholder perspectives on drink restriction interventions, including their ability to reduce alcohol-related harms.
Method: This study involves an analysis of key stakeholder perspectives on the introduction of drink restrictions. Interviews were conducted with 23 key stakeholders, including venue licencees, security, and police from Newcastle, Australia. Drink restrictions, including limits on shots and umber of drinks, were part of a mandatory set of interventions, which were implemented as a result of legislative change in New South Wales. As such, key stakeholders were able to provide insight into the implementation and practicality of the restrictions. All interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis.
Results: Overall, key stakeholders were mixed in their support for drink restrictions, particularly because of the issues associated with customer preloading and practicality of enforcement. Stakeholders remained unconvinced of the impact of the restrictions on reducing harm. Conclusions: Key stakeholders believe that drink restrictions would almost certainly be more likely to reduce alcohol-related harm in the nighttime economy as part of a larger intervention. However, it is unclear how much impact they have as a standalone harm reduction measure.

History

Journal

Addiction research and theory

Volume

25

Issue

2

Pagination

163 - 167

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1606-6359

eISSN

1476-7392

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Informa UK