Volume 94, Issue 36

Thursday, November 2, 2000


Web site threatens elections

USC votes down Rubinoff apology

More boozing leads to more losing?

"Stupid" games run rampant at Western

No evolution raises curriculum concerns

Campus Briefs

London ordered to upgrade facilities

Corroded Disorder

More boozing leads to more losing?

By Hilary Cox
Gazette Staff

A Western researcher is trying to prove what a lot of angry drunks already know.

Evelyn Vingilis, a professor of family medicine at Western is the lead researcher in a study on the relationship between the operating hours of licenced bars and their patrons' health and safety.

The study is in its first year and will focus on examining the patterns and rates of injury in a variety of communities between the hours of 11 p.m and 3 a.m., Vingilis said.

She explained she is looking to prove the hypothesis that as alcohol becomes more available over time, there is a tendency to see an average overall increase in the number of alcohol related consequences, such as fatal and non-fatal accidents and violence.

Sue Kirsch, manager of the Ceeps, said she has not noticed a change in the number of alcohol-related incidents since serving hours were extended from 1 a.m. until 2 a.m. four years ago.

"If it's 1:45 a.m. or 2:45 a.m. it doesn't matter. When you have in excess of 2,000 people leaving buildings at the same time trying to get cabs, you will have a problem," she said.

Ron Higdon, a bouncer-turned-bartender at the Ceeps said he agreed, but added he thinks post-bar violence has decreased.

The decision to extend the hours of operation of bars across the province was announced Apr. 17, 1996 and came into effect May 1 of the same year, said Carol-Lynn Lepard, information officer for the Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial relations.

She said the decision was an informed one. "Anything the government does on alcohol policy is very carefully considered and is a huge priority."

"Normal practice would be to examine fatalities involving alcohol, as well as non-fatal incidents recorded in other provinces," she said.

Const. Ryan Holland of the London Police, suggested the only thing the extension of liquor-serving hours seemed to do, was delay the rush of patrons exiting bars. He said there seemed to be no dramatic increase in the number of assaults or robberies in downtown London after the Liquor Licence Act was changed.

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