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Presentation by Peter Miller, Deakin University Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research. DrugInfo seminar on Crime and disorder, 5 September 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Presentation by Peter Miller, Deakin University Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research. DrugInfo seminar on Crime and disorder, 5 September 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

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  • Consumption
  • Alcohol-related hospital emergency room presentations for assaults during high alcohol hours (per 10 000 population) in Victoria have been increasing since 2002 (see Figure 1), reflecting national statistics from 1991/1992‒1999/2000.25
  • All old figures
  • The relationship between alcohol and crime is complicated and comprises various levels including environmental factors, social and individual features.27 Many interventions aimed at reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder focus on either the environmental factors (e.g. reducing alcohol advertising) or individual features (e.g. counselling/rehabilitation).
  • However, it is not enough to simply enforce. The penalties imposed must be substantial enough to outweigh any financial, personal or social gains to be made in violating the restrictions. The threat of considerable financial loss, when well publicised, is in itself a significant deterrent to those who might otherwise act irresponsibly.49
  • review has not identified any intervention programs (with the exception of interventions aimed directly at licensed venues) that solely target alcohol to reduce family incidents

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  • Peter Miller1,2,3,4,5 Cache Diment1 Lucy Zinkiewicz11 School of Psychology, Deakin University2 National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK3 Commissioning Editor, Addiction4 National Drug Research Institute5 Center for Addiction and Mental Health, CanadaCentre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research
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