An evaluation of the effects of alcohol restrictions in Halls Creek relating to measurable health and social outcomes, community perceptions and alcohol related behaviours after twelve months


On 18 May 2009, the Director of Liquor Licensing announced that alcohol restrictions would be instigated in Halls Creek for an indefinite period (see Appendix 1). These restrictions amounted to a prohibition on the takeaway sale of full-strength alcohol1 exceeding a concentration of ethanol and liquor of 2.7% at 20oC to all but liquor merchants. The Licensee of the Kimberley Hotel was also prohibited from selling and supplying liquor for consumption on the premises before 12:00 midday on any day except when it is sold ancillary to a meal or to a lodger. The Nulungu Centre for Indigenous Studies of University of Notre Dame University, Broome, was contracted by the Drug and Alcohol Office (WA) to undertake an evaluation of the impacts of the restrictions after twelve months, from June 2009 to May 2010. This report contains the findings of the evaluation.

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