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Addiction. 2013 Jan;108(1):89-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04004.x. Epub 2012 Oct 5.

Effects of a multi-component responsible beverage service programme on violent assaults in Sweden.

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Stockholm Prevents Alcohol and Drug Problems, Centre for Psychiatric Research, Stockholm County Council Health Care Provision/Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. bjorn.trolldal@ki.se

Abstract

AIM:

A multi-component Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) programme has been disseminated in Swedish municipalities. The aim of the programme is to reduce violence associated with consumption of alcohol at on-licensed premises. This study aimed to analyse the effect of the programme on police-recorded assaults after the dissemination of the programme in Swedish municipalities, 1996-2009.

DESIGN:

This study is a natural experiment that uses variation in the level of implementation of the RBS programme to predict change in the rate of police-recorded assaults.

SETTING:

Swedish municipalities.

PARTICIPANTS:

The municipalities included in the study initiated the RBS programme no later than 2008. On-licensed premises open during the evenings must exist. Of 290 municipalities, 237 fulfilled these requirements.

MEASUREMENT:

Programme fidelity was studied by means of several surveys. Yearly data on police-recorded assaults, per 100,000 inhabitants aged 15 and above, committed on weekend nights, were used as dependent variable. A fixed-effects panel data regression model was used to examine the effect of the programme.

FINDINGS:

Each extension of the programme, by one component, was associated with a significant 3.1% reduction in assaults. However, this effect was seen mainly in smaller municipalities. Of the different components of the programme, the presence of a community coalition steering group had a significant effect on assaults. No significant effect was found regarding RBS training or supervision of on-licensed premises.

CONCLUSION:

Multi-component Responsible Beverage Service programmes can have a significant effect on police-recorded assaults even when implemented on a large scale in many communities.

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