The relationship between alcohol outlets and harm

This research examines the relationship between alcohol outlets and social harm measured by Police activity and road traffic crashes. The analysis uses a longitudinal panel data set for the period 2007-2014 covering all of New Zealand.

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Commissioning agencies
Date of last publication
Nov 2016
Organisation conducting the research
University of Waikato


 This research project was commissioned by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and has three overall objectives:

1. To investigate the impacts of alcohol outlet density on police activity at the local (Census Area Unit) level across New Zealand;

2. To evaluate how these impacts have changed between the period before passing of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA) on 18 December 2012, and after; and

3. To evaluate the direct and mediating effects of local alcohol policies (LAPs) on the relationships between alcohol outlet density and police activity.

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