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.

 Our Plain Language Statement for ethics can be read here

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

Victoria Police

NSW Police

WA Police

Project Partners

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

Research Team


National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) conducts and disseminates high quality research that contributes to the primary prevention of harmful drug use and the reduction of drug related harm in Australia.

NDRI, which was formed in 1986, plays a key role in national harm prevention strategies through research designed to establish the preventive potential of legislative, economic, regulatory and educational interventions.

NDRI is located at Curtin University of Technology's Health Research Campus in the western Perth suburb of Shenton Park and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.


Healthy Nightlife Toolbox

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT) is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people.


Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre

Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug-related harms.


Online 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling service

CounsellingOnline is a service where you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text-interaction.

This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative or friend. Counselling Online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across Australia.


Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University

The Centre for Public Health is a vibrant research and teaching community working in partnership to deliver health at local, regional, national and international level. They specialise in applied research and educational programmes addressing health issues at all levels from policy development to service delivery. The Centre is firmly committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to Public Health and works not only with health services but also with local authorities, judicial bodies, environmental services and community groups.