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Don’t lose sight: last drinks laws reduce violent assaults

Diana Egerton-Warburton
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (4): 166-167. || doi: 10.5694/mja17.01111
Published online: 26 February 2018

The evidence that reducing trading hours reduces alcohol-related violence is compelling

Alcohol-related violence has a large impact on the Australian health care system and on society. Emergency departments (EDs) and acute surgical services are the frontline in dealing with these presentations. A prospective study of eight EDs in Australia and New Zealand found that almost one in ten presentations are alcohol-related throughout the week.1 Further, ED clinicians frequently experience violence and aggression inflicted by patients affected by alcohol.2

  • Diana Egerton-Warburton1,2

  • 1 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC


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