'Wide-awake drunkenness'? Investigating the association between alcohol intoxication and stimulant use in the night-time economy

Amy Pennay, Peter Graeme Miller, Lucy Busija, Rebecca Anne Jenkinson, Nicolas Droste, Brendan Thomas Quinn, Sandra Carol Jones, Dan Lubman

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Aims: We tested whether patrons of the night-time economy who had co-consumed energy drinks or illicit stimulants with alcohol had higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels than patrons who had consumed only alcohol. Design: Street intercept surveys (n=4227) were undertaken between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. over a period of 7 months. Setting: Interviews were undertaken with patrons walking through entertainment precincts, queuing to enter venues or exiting venues in five Australian cities. Participants: The response rate was 92.1 ; more than half the study sample was male (60.2 ) and the median age was 23 years (range 18-72). Measurements: Data were collected on demographics, length of drinking session, venue types visited, types and quantity of alcohol consumed and other substance use. A BAC reading was recorded and a subsample of participants was tested for other drug use. Findings: Compared with the total sample (0.068 ), illicit stimulant consumers (0.080 ; P=0.004) and energy drink consumers (0.074 ; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356 - 365
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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