15 February 2016
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has joined
with more than a dozen other influential organisations to support
the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill
2015, as Queensland Parliament gets ready to vote on it.
RACS has lent its support to organisations such as the
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), the Foundation
for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), the AMA Queensland, the
Queensland Police Union, the Queensland Nurses Union, the Salvation
Army and many others, to urge local members of Parliament to
support this life-saving legislation.
It is estimated that the level of alcohol consumption by
Queenslanders is the third highest in the country, with Queensland
residents consuming 11.03 litres of pure alcohol per year compared
to the national average of 10.42 litres.
John Crozier, Chair of the RACS Trauma Committee says that
Australian and international research demonstrates that for every
additional hour of trading after midnight, there is a 16-20 per
cent increase in assaults and conversely, for every hour of reduced
trading there is a 20 per cent reduction in assaults.
"Research has also shown that alcohol-related assaults increase
significantly after midnight," Dr Crozier said.
"In Sydney, non-domestic assaults have decreased by 32 per cent
in Kings Cross and 26 per cent in the Sydney Central Business
District (CBD) following the introduction of 3am last drinks and
1.30am lockouts in February 2014.
"The evidence is clear, and it is up to LNP, Katter Party and
Independents to put their support behind these changes that will
"The College is ready and waiting to assist the Government in
the areas of advancing important trauma data collection and public
education on the ill effects of excessive alcohol," Dr Crozier
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