Newcastle, where trading hour restrictions and a number of other interventions
were imposed on licensed premises, there were significant improvements in
alcohol-related injuries and offending. Significant reductions in assaults and
injuries have been achieved and continue to improve. There were also reductions
in behaviours such as ‘pre-loading’.
where the interventions such as ID scanners, CCTV and radio networks were
voluntary and did not include reduced trading hours, improvements were not
found some interventions, such as ‘lock-outs’ or ‘one-way doors’ as they are
called here, are useful support strategies, while others – often those
supported by the alcohol industry – are ineffective and counterproductive.“Clearly
reduced trading hours and other strategies can reduce the amount of alcohol
consumed and levels of intoxication, then you see a change in the negative
consequences,” Professor Miller says.
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