Tackling alcohol-fuelled violence
Social drinking has long been part of our culture. While most people behave responsibly, the actions of some are having serious, and too frequently, tragic consequences. Where behaviour is unacceptable—offensive, abusive or violent — high levels of alcohol are often the cause.
The government is delivering on its commitment to keep Queenslanders safe. With new laws starting 1 July, Queensland will take a historic step forward to curb alcohol-fuelled violence. Changes to reduce late-night alcohol service hours and ban rapid intoxication drinks after midnight, combined with policing initiatives and a youth-focused education campaign, will help deliver safer communities.
- Across Australia, about 70,000 people are victims of alcohol-fuelled assaults each year.
- 60% of police time is spent on alcohol-fuelled issues.
- 500+ In 2011, 295 facial surgeries linked to alcohol-fuelled violence were conducted at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and by 2013 this number had risen to more than 500.
- 30,000 Queensland hospitalisations each year are due to harmful alcohol consumption.
- Alcohol has been a significant factor in a 30% increase in emergency department admissions since 2007.