Australia tries bar lock-outs to curb antisocial behaviour

Palk G.R.M., Davey J.D., Freeman J.E. The impact of a lockout policy on levels of alcohol-related incidents in and around licensed premises. Police Practice and Research: 2010, 11(1), p. 5–15.

Australia has been trying a novel way to curb alcohol-related disorder – banning late-night drinking venues admitting customers during the final few opening hours. The aim is to prevent disturbance-generating movements between bars. In one very distinctive area it may have worked, but in others the evidence is weak.