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Decline in alcohol related injuries thanks to CBD lockout laws, research finds

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The CBD lockout laws were a controversial move when they were introduced in February 2014. However research published in the Medical Journal of Australia has found they have been successful in reducing alcohol related injuries at St Vincent’s hospital.

The NSW Government banned the sale of alcohol from 10pm, stopped the service of shots from midnight and introduced a 1:30am lockout law with alcohol being stopped at 3am at most hotels, pubs and clubs.

Injuries classified under Australasian triage categories 1 (immediately life-threatening) and 2 (imminently life-threatening, important time-critical treatment, very severe pain) were analysed from St Vincent’s Emergency Department Information System data for the 12 months before and the 12 months after the lockout law changes.

Of 13 110 category 1 and 2 presentations during the 2-year period, 1564 (4.3%) involved patients with an alcohol-related serious injury: 318 (4.9% of all presentations) before the introduction of the new regulations and 246 (3.7%) in the subsequent 12 months.

Professor Gordian Fulde, Director of the Emergency Department at St Vincent’s says the laws may be working to reduce alcohol related injuries.

“After the introduction of the regulatory changes, there was a significant decrease in the number of seriously injured patients during HAT, from 140 presentations (10.4% of presentations) before the change to 106 (7.8%) after their introduction, a relative reduction of 24.8%.

“This change was seen throughout the week, but was especially marked at weekends.”

Visit the Medical Journal of Australia to read the research.

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