Consumption plans for the rest of the night among Australian nightlife patrons

Ashlee Curtis, Kerri Coomber, Nic Droste, Shannon Hyder, Richelle Mayshak, Tina Lam, William Gilmore, Tanya Chikritzhs, Peter G. Miller

Abstract


Curtis, A., Coomber, K., Droste, N., Hyder, S., Mayshak, R., Lam, T., Gilmore, W., Chikritzhs, T., & Miller, P. (2017). Consumption plans for the rest of the night among Australian nightlife patrons. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, 6(1), 19-25. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.v6i1.243

Aims: This study investigates associations between blood alcohol content (BAC), gender, location, time of night, and intention to consume more alcohol, energy drinks, and illicit drugs following a street intercept interview.
Design: Interviews were conducted from December 2011 to July 2012.
Setting: Interviews were conducted in nightlife areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Wollongong, and Geelong, between 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Participants: Data from 4,203 participants are utilized in the current paper.
Measures: Participants were asked demographic questions, as well as questions about their intentions for the rest of the night (further alcohol, drug, and energy drink use), and completed a breathalyzer test.
Findings: Over 70% of the nightlife patrons intended to consume more alcohol, and this was more likely for males, regional patrons, and those with a BAC of over 0.08 g/100 ml. Overall, intention to use drugs was consistent across BAC, location, and time of night, though males were significantly more likely than females to intend to consume drugs.
Conclusions: Given the risky behaviors of the most intoxicated group out drinking late at night, interventions that target latenight drinking, high levels of intoxication, and high-risk drinkers are indicated.


Keywords


alcohol; alcohol-related harm; intention; illicit drugs; nightlife

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.v6i1.243

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