Prevention for partygoers

Prevention for partygoers

The use of both new and more traditional substances occurs in people taking part in entertainment and recreational settings. Preventive interventions aim to protect the safety of these people in relation to car accidents, violence and risky behaviours.

What works?

  •  Multicomponent interventions involving the community reduce car accidents, public nuisance and crime related to alcohol consumption
  •  Programmes and media campaigns targeting ‘drink-driving’ reduce car accidents, including fatal crashes
  •  Police supervision in venues and their immediate surroundings reduces public disorder while training staff serving alcohol in ‘responsible serving’ reduces clients’ alcohol consumption and intoxication levels

What's unclear?

  • It is not clear if designated driver programmes (when one person in a group is designated to remain sober for the night and drive the others home) reduce drink-driving harms
  • Also it is not clear if drink-driving programmes discourage people from travelling in a car with an intoxicated driver and if the promotion of responsible drinking can change alcohol consumption
  • It is not clear if interlock mechanisms (automatic mechanisms that lock a car’s engine, preventing it from starting) reduce driving under the influence of alcohol in the long term
  • We do not yet know if restricted opening hours can reduce alcohol-related injuries and if programmes involving police and law enforcement measures can control and reduce alcohol sales

What doesn't work?

  • Information provision does not prevent drug- and alcohol-related problems and educational interventions do not influence attitudes and drinking behaviour
  • Electronic Age Verification (EAV) devices do not help increase the frequency of age verification at recreational premises

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