New report: Night life, intoxication and harms

New report: Night life, intoxication and harms

A new Australian study aims to fill some of the knowledge gaps around alcohol-related harms around licensed venues, focusing on levels of intoxication, the types of substances being consumed, energy drinks, and some of the influencing factors on intoxication and risky behaviour. The study took place in night-time entertainment districts of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Wollongong and Geelong. Some key findings include:

  • Almost two thirds of the sample (65%) reported pre-drinking before their current night out, and pre-drinking was strongly associated with heavier alcohol consumption patterns and risk behaviours
  • Most people were out to socialise with friends or family (39%) or to celebrate a special event (33%)
  • Intoxication steadily rose throughout the evening, with the rate of heavy intoxication rising from around 16% of interviewees at 10am to 37% at 4am
  • 14.6% of the sample reported drinking alcohol with energy drinks, and those who did so reported consuming significantly more alcohol than those who stuck to alcohol only
  • Around one in six (16%) reported using other substances apart from alcohol during their current night out

Full report: Miller P 2013 Patron offending and intoxication in night-time entertainment districts (POINTED): Final report, Canberra: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF)