Call to curb alcohol violence gets louder

A Galaxy poll of 324 adults, commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education (FARE), found 67% believed built-up areas of their city or town centre were unsafe on Saturday nights, with 94% blaming alcohol.

That made alcohol the leading cause of unsafe behaviour ahead of other drugs, at 79%, and threatening behaviour, also at 79%.

The vast majority of respondents supported bigger penalties for people involved in alcohol-related violence (89%), stopping alcohol sales half an hour before closing time (77%) and a closing time for pubs, clubs and bars of no later than 3am (71%).

More than two-thirds or 69% supported taking the so-called ‘Newcastle model’, which includes 3am closing times and 1am lockouts, statewide, while only 12% believed NSW premier Barry O’Farrell was doing enough to stop alcohol-related violence around drinking establishments.

The survey was released after Mr O’Farrell said late