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RESEARCH CHALLENGES ALCOHOL RELATED VIOLENCE IN THE CITY

May 31, 2005 3:51 PM

New research published this month challenges the media headlines that pubs in Glasgow are dangerous places to go.

Research funded by NHS Greater Glasgow was carried out in eight Glasgow City Centre pubs by Glasgow University and is the first of it's kind in Scotland.

It examines factors that can contribute to disorder and also those that can help prevent disorder in licensed premises.

It shows that key things such as levels of cleanliness of tables and the bar, training for all staff including bar staff and door stewards, and music type and tempo can go a long way to keeping customers in line.

This research comes at a time when Scotland's licensing laws have been reviewed and the new Licensing (Scotland) Bill was launched on 1st March 2005.This bill promotes five key principles of which one is the prevention of disorder.

Dr Alasdair Forsyth, Glasgow Centre for the Study of Violence and the principal researcher said:"The objectives behind the research was to identify factors associated with licensed premises that may encourage binge drinking and alcohol-related violence or disorder but also identify factors that can encourage sensible drinking to reduce or prevent alcohol-related violence or disorder.

"This is the first project of this nature to be carried out in Scotland and the results are quite surprising."

Andrew Millard, Research Officer for Alcohol, NHS Greater Glasgow added:"This research was funded from NHS Greater Glasgow's alcohol research budget in response to concerns that there were high levels of alcohol-related disorder in Glasgow City centre.

"The research reports levels and types of server training in the city centre pubs.Fewer violent incidents than anticipated were seen by researchers and the observation confirmed the presence of internationally recognised risk and protective factors in pubs.

"Over a two year period greater numbers of violent incidents were reported to the police from pubs with more risk factors.

"The report will now influence police strategy and feed into the work of the city centre alcohol action group."

Councillor Jim Coleman, the depute leader of the City Council said: "This research will go a long way towards improving the city's ability to tackle the issue of alcohol related violence and disorder in the city."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The research steering group consisted of representatives from the following organisations:

Greater Glasgow NHS Board, Greater Glasgow Alcohol Action Team, Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde licensed Trade Association, Alcohol Focus Scotland.

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