Liquor laws linked to less trouble late at night
BIG nights out are ending earlier, with chaplains reporting the peak demand for their services has moved forward.
ChaplainWatch says it has seen a change in drinking habits with the State Government’s reduction in trading hours at late-night venues and ban on shots after midnight.
“We peak around midnight to 1am whereas it used to be 1-2.30am,” senior chaplain Lance Mergard (pictured) said.
Chaplains responded to 4066 incidents in the Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City and Caxton St entertainment precincts last financial year, ChaplainWatch figures show.
That was a jump of about 30 per cent on the previous year after more chaplains were funded to work in the precincts.
Almost a quarter of the incidents involved first aid for alcohol or drug intoxication (23 per cent). First aid for accidents, assaults, medical and mental health problems accounted for 14 per cent of services.
Problem-solving – helping revellers get home, find friends or charge phones – accounted for more than a quarter of all incidents (26.6 per cent).
Fortitude Valley police Acting Inspector Ian Park said police were still dealing with alcohol-fuelled violence into the early hours of the weekend.
“It’s always busy and we always have our peak calls from 3-5am,” he said.
“People are still coming out relatively late and we are still concerned about the whole issue of people preloading.”