Posted: 10 February, 2016
Griffith University Professor Argues Queensland Government Should Take A More Comprehensive Approach To Problem
A Griffith University Professor is calling on the Queensland Government to refrain from rushing to implement the controversial pub lockout legislation, to avoid making the alcohol-fuelled violence issue worse across the state's entertainment precincts.
Associate Professor Grant Devilly believes the Palaszczuk Government needs to carefully consider the statistics regarding pre-drinking behaviour, that have shown the more a person has pre-loaded, the more likely they were to be involved in some form of violent or risky behaviour.
"Our 'Last Drinks' research in conjuction with QPS is the largest in the world, looking at just pre-loading," he said.
"We've already evaluated more than 3,000 people arriving in Brisbane and Fortitude Valley over the past year, we found at least 79 per cent pre-load and enter the precincts with an average alcohol blood level reading of 0.071."
"People are coming into the city at this rate at an average time of 10:40pm, perhaps instead of implementing lockout laws it's worth doing things to encourage people to arrive earlier, like a 'happy hour' or food and drinks deal. We asked people if the new laws were brought in, would they arrive earlier? In most cases people said yes, we should be catering for that."
"We have been breathalising young people, 20 per cent had no clue how much they'd had to drink upon arrival, the majority believed breathaliser machine should be readily available near the pubs and clubs."
"I'm not 100% on the term of alcohol-fuelled violence, in my opinion I haven't really seen any research that it's the really drunk people doing the hitting. Having been out there for a few years now, it seems the people that are most likely to hit are at a mid-range of 0.08 to 0.12.
"The research also addressed impairment associated with drinking and the higher the pre-loading rate was, the more likely they showed signs of impairment and reported signs of being involved in risky behaviour."
"I'm not a politician, i'm more interested in the evidence. If we do change the laws it shouldn't be a knee-jerk response, there's a duty to actually research this and make sure the changes aren't just exposed to political spin."