Evaluating the Effects of the Introduction of Off-Sale Alcohol Outlets on Violent Crime
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AIMS: To examine the effects on violence of a policy change that ended prohibition of off-sale alcohol outlets in Lubbock, Texas. METHODS: Time-series analysis of violent crime data from police records comparing the periods before and after the policy change. RESULTS: The effect of the policy change on both total violent crime and aggregated assault was small and did not approach statistical significance. CONCLUSIONS: Increased availability of alcohol through off-sale premises may not influence the type of violence reported to the police in Lubbock, Texas.
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