PATRON OFFENDING AND INTOXICATION IN NIGHT-TIME ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS (POINTED)
The aim of the POINTED research project was to allow us to better measure and understand the consumption of alcohol and other drugs and their association with risky and offending behaviour within and around licensed venues.
A primary major aim of the project was 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.
This is important in understanding how best to develop strategies and interventions to reduce this harm to individuals and the community.
The research was led by Dr Peter Miller from Deakin University in Geelong and involved investigators from four other sites around the country (Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Perth).
Our methods included patron interviews incorporating breathalysing and random drug testing (in Melbourne and Geelong only) and observations of patron behaviour inside venues. The information gathered through this project will inform prevention and enforcement approaches of both police, venue operators and staff.
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See full POINTED report here.
National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF)
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre: AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research
University of Wollongong: Centre for Health Initiatives
The Burnet Institute
University of Western Sydney: School of Social Sciences
Curtin University: National Drug Research Institute
Prof. Peter Miller, Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong VIC
Ms Amy Pennay, Research Fellow, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Fitzroy VIC
A/Prof Tanya Chikritzhs, Associate Professor, Curtin University, Shelton Park WA
Prof Stephen Tomsen, Head of School, University of Western Sydney School of Social Sciences, Parramatta NSW
Dr Rebecca Jenkinson, Research Officer, The Burnet Institute, Melbourne VIC
Prof Sandra Jones, Professor and Director, University of Wollongong Centre for Health Initiative, Wollongong NSW
Prof Dan Lubman, Professor and Director, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Fitzroy VIC
Associate Professor Darren Palmer, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong
Mr (Inspector) Carl Peers, Inspector Region 2 (WEST) Geelong, Victoria Police, Geelong VIC
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