Randomised Controlled Trial of All-Wales Licensed Premises Intervention to reduce alcohol-related violence

Lead investigator
Prof. Simon Moore, Cardiff University

The AWLPI project examines the effectiveness of an intervention, delivered to pubs and clubs, that is designed to reduce alcohol-related violence. Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) will deliver the intervention as they have a history of enforcement and partnership working and are trained to deliver interventions and advice to small and medium-sized businesses.

Aims & objectives
To study alcohol-related violence in premises licensed for the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol, in premises that have recorded one or more violent incidents in the preceding twelve months. Our intention is that the intervention materials we will develop would, if the intervention proves to be successful, become adopted into routine EHO practice.
Study design

Randomised controlled trial.

  • The trial will involve 22 local authorities in Wales and various levels of deprivation.
  • Local authority-employed EHOs will host ‘Safety and awareness’ days, engaging premises staff, regional managers and local partners. These will be bollowed by an evidenced-based enhanced audit that identifies premises risks that contribute to violence, including risks that must be addressed under existing legislation.
  • EHOs will enforce change (where legislation allows), advise on change or refer premises to licensing authorities who are able to place conditions on premises licences.
  • Intervention materials will be designed with EHOs and other stakeholders in the initial six months of the project, with the aim of integrating materials in EHO normal practice.
  • Differences between control and intervention premises police recorded violence will test effectiveness. The follow-up period will be twelve months following intervention delivery.
  • An embedded process evaluation will consider fidelity and acceptability of the intervention.
  • We will estimate the costs involved in delivering the intervention and the benefits associated with any reduction in violence. In so doing, we can state whether the intervention offers value for money.
Further information & publications
Start date
April 2012
End date
September 2014
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