Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (1.5.16) on Griffith University research which suggests that lock-out laws aiming to curb alcohol-fuelled violence around nightclub venues are missing the target, as many people are consuming more alcohol in private residences earlier in evenings before going out to venues.
‘The Labor Government is targeting the “wrong end of the evening” with drinking precinct legislation, with Griffith University research proving drinkers consume alcohol before they go out, not while they are in late night drink precincts.
‘It shows the Labor Government was wrong to focus on winding back trading hours in late night precincts, the Opposition’s deputy leader John Paul Langbroek said on Sunday.
‘Mr Langbroek said educating drinkers – part of the LNP’s superceded Safe Night Out strategy – was always an important part of the LNP’s plan to tackle heavy drinking.
‘… The Griffith University research breath-tested 4000 drinkers coming in a “late night precinct” in a follow to research on 3000 drinkers last year.
‘The Griffith research – released on Sunday – shows people drink before they arrive at late night precincts and do not get considerably more drunk.’