2016 Queensland poll: Perspectives on alcohol

Researcher

  1. Galaxy Research

Summary

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) commissioned Galaxy Research to undertake polling of Queenslanders to gain an understanding of their perspectives on alcohol policies.

Outcomes

Key findings:

  • Almost three quarters (74%) of Queenslanders support the late night trading hour measures recently announced by the Queensland Government to reduce alcohol-related violence.
  • 80% of Queenslanders believe that Australia has a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse, an increase from 71% in 2015.
  • The majority of Queenslanders (80%) believe that more needs to be done to reduce the harm caused by alcohol-related illness, injury death and related issues, an increase from 74% in 2015.
  • The majority of Queenslanders (71%) expect alcohol related problems in Australia to remain the same or get worse over the next five to ten years.
  • The majority of Queenslanders do not believe that governments (59%), alcohol companies (69%) and pubs and clubs (70%) are doing enough to address alcohol misuse. The proportions of Queenslanders who hold these beliefs have increased since 2015.
  • Other policies that received majority support include introducing a closing time for pubs, clubs and bars of no later than 3am (84%) and not selling alcohol in supermarkets (69%).
  • Two thirds (65%) of Queenslanders consider the city or centre of town to be unsafe on a Saturday night, an increase from 52% in 2015.

FARE continues to fund and undertake research that contributes to the knowledge-base about alcohol harms and strategies to reduce them.

This research is used to inform our approach to evidence-based alcohol policy development, ensuring that the solutions we are advocating for are informed by research. FARE’s research is also often quoted by governments, other not-for-profit organisations and researchers in public discussions about alcohol, demonstrating that FARE is seen as a leading source of information.

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