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One for the road: on the utility of citation data for identifying problem hotels


Wood, LJ and McLean, SR and Davidson, J and Montgomery, IM, One for the road: on the utility of citation data for identifying problem hotels, Drug and Alcohol Review, 14, (1) pp. 115-124. ISSN 0959-5236 (1995) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09595239500185121


Drink drivers arrested in Tasmania are routinely asked by police where they had last been drinking, and these data were examined for 716 drivers arrested in Southern Tasmania during a 4-month period in 1992. Nearly half (43%) of arrested drink drivers cited individual hotels as the place where they had last been drinking. This enabled a citation score to be assigned to each of the 82 hotels in metropolitan Hobart. The distribution of citation scores was highly skewed, with eight hotels accounting for 45% of hotel citations, and two accounting for 20%. The hotels' citation scores were compared in relation to the rank order of their licence fees, since better measures of patronage proved unobtainable. Some hotels with small total alcohol sales did appear to have an unexpectedly large number of citations, suggesting less than responsible serving practices. Hoteliers' comments were sought on the interpretation of citation scores, and incorporated into a discussion of the limitations of the data in determining the extent of individual hotel responsibility for drink drivers. Important questions remaining include (1) what is the validity of citations made by drink drivers at the time of arrest; (2) what appropriate and quantifiable denominator can be used to adjust the number of citations to the level of patronage; and (3) what level of citations is too high and requires action?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Drink driving;server responsibility;alcohol abuse;alcohol intoxication
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wood, LJ (Associate Professor Les Wood)
UTAS Author:McLean, SR (Professor Stuart McLean)
UTAS Author:Davidson, J (Dr John Davidson)
UTAS Author:Montgomery, IM (Dr Iain Montgomery)
ID Code:6269
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-01

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