Significant alcohol use increases the risk of injuries and violence in young people. The purpose of this paper is to examine factors associated with receiving street service care for alcohol intoxication, alcohol-related injury or violence among young people in a night-time economy (NTE).
Participants included 217 young adults, 135 of whom required street service care on a Friday or Saturday evening in an Australian entertainment district. The remaining 88 young adults were a matched control sample. Participants were surveyed and provided a breathalyser sample. A multinomial logistic regression was conducted to examine the relationship between blood alcohol content (BAC) level, subjective intoxication, gender, illicit drug use, age, preloading, total drinks consumed, and the receipt of care for intoxication, injury, or violence.
Of those who received care, 70.4 per cent received it for intoxication, 19.3 per cent for injury, and 10.3 per cent following a violent incident. Male gender and high BAC level were associated with receiving support following a violent incident. High-subjective intoxication and female gender were associated with receiving support for injury.
Results demonstrate the factors associated with receiving street service care for young people in the NTE experiencing non-emergent health needs. Further research is required to examine the impact of such a service on crime, injuries, and frontline service resources.
This is the first study to examine factors associated with receiving street service care for alcohol intoxication, injury, or violence in a NTE. Results inform policy and practice relating to the provision of street service care in the NTE for non-emergent health problems, and how this interrelates with other frontline services.
Leanne Hides is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT120100780). The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance in recruitment by the ChaplainWatch staff and the young people who have agreed to participate in this research.
Quinn, C.A., Hides, L., Harding, A., de Andrade, D., Wilson, H. and Mergard, L. (2017), "Alcohol-related harms and street service care in entertainment districts", Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 142-152. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-01-2017-0002
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