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Alcohol researchers test Qld liquor laws

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016

A team of leading alcohol researchers are assessing the effectiveness of Queensland's contentious liquor licensing laws.

The team is developing unique data sets covering assaults, emergency department and ambulance presentations, noise complaints, and pedestrian counts.

The researchers are also interviewing patrons in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley and West End, Surfers Paradise and Cairns as part of the two-year project evaluating the laws which include a statewide 2am last drinks call.

In examining the impact of the new liquor licensing regime, the researchers are evaluating the success of targeted policing initiatives, education, liquor licensing and compliance, precinct management, police and court powers, and monitoring and measuring efforts.

Project leader Professor Peter Miller said the $1.2 million federally and state funded research project was extremely important to the health and wellbeing all Australians.

"The Queensland government's decision to implement a comprehensive set of policies ... now provides a major opportunity to evaluate these measures and their impact on the community," Prof Miller said.

Under the laws introduced on July 1, licensed premises can only operate until 2am, unless they are within a designated safe night precinct where last drinks end at 3am.

There is also a ban on the sale and supply of rapid intoxication drinks after midnight includes jelly shots, bombs and those containing more than 45 millilitres of spirits or liqueur.

The state's lockout laws aren't due to start until February.

The research is due to wind up on June 1, 2018 with a report to be provided to the Queensland government four months later.

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