Improving community safety and amenity

Retain the Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy and expand the policy to end the sale of all take-away alcohol at 10pm

 

 

Following the successful implementation of the Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy, levels of alcohol-related violence in safe night precincts (SNPs) have reduced and people have reported feeling safer when enjoying the state's nightlife.

While the QUANTEM report shows that trading hours restrictions have successfully reduced the quantity of alcohol consumed at on-licence premises and related harms, there is still more to be done. Over one third of Queenslanders (38%) are still experiencing the harms associated with alcohol-related violence and excessive drinking.

 

Pre-drinking is recognised as a contributor to the harms experienced in safe night precincts, with 83.7 per cent of people report consuming alcohol from take away outlets prior to attending pubs, clubs and bars. These harms disproportionately impact young people, who are more sensitive to the discrepancy in pricing of alcoholic products and opt for take-away liquor before entering precincts.

 

78.2 per cent of all alcohol purchased in Australia is bought from take away liquor outlets. This has been further amplified in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the way that many people buy and consume alcohol. One in five (20 per cent) households reported buying more alcohol than usual since the outbreak in Australia. Of those households, 70 per cent reported drinking more alcohol than usual and 32 per cent are concerned with the amount of alcohol either they or someone in their household is drinking.

 

56 per cent of Queenslanders support a closing time of bottle shops of no later than 10pm. The Queensland Government has taken the first step by restricting the sale of take away alcohol past 10pm for new licence applications, however many are still trading beyond this time. This excessive availability of alcohol is concerning because the evidence shows that the more available alcohol is, the higher the risk of alcohol related harms.  

 

The Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy should be extended to regulate these other sites of alcohol related harm. We encourage all political parties and leaders to commit to retaining the Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy and expanding the policy to end the sale of all take-away alcohol at 10pm.

Enforce responsible service of alcohol monitoring compliance checks by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation at point of delivery for alcohol products sold online.

 

 

Following the successful implementation of the Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy, levels of alcohol-related violence in safe night precincts (SNPs) have reduced and people have reported feeling safer when enjoying the state's nightlife.

While the QUANTEM report shows that trading hours restrictions have successfully reduced the quantity of alcohol consumed at on-licence premises and related harms, there is still more to be done. Over one third of Queenslanders (38%) are still experiencing the harms associated with alcohol-related violence and excessive drinking.

 

Pre-drinking is recognised as a contributor to the harms experienced in safe night precincts, with 83.7 per cent of people report consuming alcohol from take away outlets prior to attending pubs, clubs and bars. These harms disproportionately impact young people, who are more sensitive to the discrepancy in pricing of alcoholic products and opt for take-away liquor before entering precincts.

 

78.2 per cent of all alcohol purchased in Australia is bought from take away liquor outlets. This has been further amplified in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has changed the way that many people buy and consume alcohol. One in five (20 per cent) households reported buying more alcohol than usual since the outbreak in Australia. Of those households, 70 per cent reported drinking more alcohol than usual and 32 per cent are concerned with the amount of alcohol either they or someone in their household is drinking.

 

56 per cent of Queenslanders support a closing time of bottle shops of no later than 10pm. The Queensland Government has taken the first step by restricting the sale of take away alcohol past 10pm for new licence applications, however many are still trading beyond this time. This excessive availability of alcohol is concerning because the evidence shows that the more available alcohol is, the higher the risk of alcohol related harms.  

 

The Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy should be extended to regulate these other sites of alcohol related harm. We encourage all political parties and leaders to commit to retaining the Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence policy and expanding the policy to end the sale of all take-away alcohol at 10pm.

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