Source: The Mercury, 24 December, 1996, p.9
ALCOHOL sales within post- code areas correlates directly to the number of assaults, according to a study released yesterday. The New South Wales Bu- reau of Crime Statistics and Research study found the vol- ume of alcohol sales in a particular area was also linked to that area's property offences and offensive behav- iour. Bureau director Dr Don Weatherburn said that if the top 50 postcodes for alcohol sales cut their sales to the mean, assaults in those areas would fall by 6% and offensive behaviour would fall by 22%. The study used previously unreleased Department of Gaming and Racing figures showing the volume of differ- ent types of alcohol sold in every postcode in New South Wales. "When I say there's a re- lationship between alcohol and crime I mean it across all 570 postcodes in New South Wales," Dr Weatherburn said.
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