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Effects of a Multi-component Responsible Beverage Service Program on Violent Assaults in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2013 (English)In: Addiction, ISSN 0965-2140, E-ISSN 1360-0443, Vol. 108, no 1, 89-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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, 19962009.

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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2013. Vol. 108, no 1, 89-96 p.
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Alcohol, assaults, licensed premises, multi-component RBS programme, RBS training, violence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-85228DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04004.xISI: 000312884400017OAI: diva2:583008
Available from: 2013-01-07 Created: 2013-01-07 Last updated: 2013-02-12Bibliographically approved

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