Supporting 'Host Responsibility'

Contact name: 
Andrew Galloway
Position: 
Project Manager Drinking Environments
Organization: 
Andrew Galloway, Project Manager Drinking Environments, ALAC.
Telephone: 
0064 9 916 0338
Address: 
ALACPO BOX 5023 Wellington, New Zealand
Fax: 
0064 9 916 0339
Summary

Based on an American concept called Server Intervention, Host Responsibility outlines a broad set of strategies designed to help create safer drinking environments. Substantial international research indicates that well-managed drinking environments assist drinkers to make responsible decisions about their drinking and subsequent behaviour. ALAC (the ALcohol Advisary Council of New Zealand) started the intervention in the 1990s. In 2003, Host Responsibility got more attention for the prevent of intoxication and its associated problems, utilising a number of strategies aimed at creating safer drinking environments. Host responsibility includes mass media campaigns, resource development and training programmes. Evaluations show the practice is effective if the rules are enforced.

Abstract

Background

Host responsibility is based on an American concept called Server Interventions. Substantial international research indicates that well-managed drinking environments assist drinkers to make responsible decisions about their drinking and subsequent behaviour.

Objectives

To create safer drinking environments, and prevent intoxication and associated problems.

Characteristics

Host Responsibility includes mass media campaigns, resource development and training programmes.

Evaluation

Evaluations show the practice is effective if the rules are enforced.

Intervention details

Type of intervention
Harm Reduction
Problem addressed
Alcohol, Binge drinking, Underage drinking, Impaired driving, Legislation
Intervention setting
Bar
Club/disco/afters
Event
Community
Other
Special events
Target population

Licensed premises managers, staff, large event managers etc.

Substances adressed
Alcohol
Polydrug
Strategic target group (social agents acting as intermediaries between intervention and target group)

Licensed premises managers, staff, large event managers etc.

Intervention activities
Providing information
Peer-group approach
Informative talk or lecture
Use of media
Use of Internet and other new technologies
Research
Nightlife management
Actions
Various forums at hospitality association gatherings, promoted through networks and at conferences, enforced through the NZ Sale of Liquor Act 1989.
Theory/evidence behind the intervention

Evidence to show that intervention can result in a reduction of harm. There is also evidence to show that prevention of intoxication is more effective than dealing with drunks.

Number of people needed
Manager and staff of licensed premises
Specific training required?
At least to have experience in dealing with customers affected by alcohol
Time required to run
Very short time for intervention - can take 1-2 minutes.
Other resource requirements

Security, depending on the type of venue.

Evaluation details

Evaluation type (e.g. process, outcome, cost-effectiveness)
Various types have been conducted over the years. HR has become an essential part of licensed premises management.
Activities evaluated

Forums effectiveness have been evaluated.

Type of evaluator (e.g. external consultant, internal evaluator)
Both internal and external
Evaluation results (Process evaluation)

Evaluations show the practice is effective if the rules are enforced.

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