Psychology Research


Dealing with Alcohol-related problems and the Night Time Economy (DANTE)

Final Report Now Published

Dante Final Report (pdf 8Mb)
Dante Executive summary (pdf 1Mb)

Dealing with Alcohol-related problems and the Night Time Economy (DANTE) is a new research program that is a comprehensive investigation into some innovative policing and community-based interventions focused on licensed premises in Geelong and Newcastle (i.e. ID scanners, the Geelong Liquor Accord, safe taxi rank, night time buses and the Geelong two-way radio network). It consists of 4 distinct arms, conducted in both Newcastle and Geelong:

  • Secondary data collection (10 years retrospective, 2 years prospective)
  • Emergency Department
  • Hospital admissions
  • Victoria Police (alcohol incidents, sexual assaults and drink driving)
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Crowd control registers
  • Key informant interviews (100 initial, 50 follow up)
  • Patron interviews (10pm-1am: approx 6000 over 18 months)
  • Venue observations (quarterly, structured observations of 35 licensed late night venues)
  • Community Surveys (700 telephone interviews)

We will assess: the effectiveness of individual interventions; how multiple interventions interact, and; how to improve the reliability of effectiveness assessment. These findings will be used to improve evidence-based practice nationally and internationally.

The project is funded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF)


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12th April 2013