The role of a rural sobering-up centre in managing alcohol-related harm to Aboriginal people in South Australia

Drug Alcohol Rev. 2006 May;25(3):201-6. doi: 10.1080/09595230600644657.

Abstract

There is a paucity of literature on the topic of sobering-up centres (non-custodial safe overnight accommodation for the publicly intoxicated). This paper presents findings of a retrospective longitudinal case study of a sobering-up centre in regional South Australia over the ten years 1991 to 2000. There were 6,486 admissions during this period, 97.1% of which were of Aboriginal people. We collated and analysed primary data including demographic details of admissions and re-admissions, and qualitative and quantitative measures of intoxication. The findings from this case study, considered together with contextual understandings from a wider social study in this region by three of the authors, provide supporting evidence of the important role of sobering-up centres in averting the known harms of a custodial response to public drunkenness, as well as avoiding the potential harm of alcohol-related injury among vulnerable Aboriginal people.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Alcohol Drinking / ethnology
  • Alcohol Drinking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / blood
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / ethnology
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / blood
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / ethnology
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / prevention & control
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / rehabilitation*
  • Alcoholism / blood
  • Alcoholism / ethnology
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Custodial Care* / organization & administration
  • Custodial Care* / statistics & numerical data
  • Ethanol / blood
  • Female
  • Health Services, Indigenous / organization & administration
  • Health Services, Indigenous / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group* / ethnology
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group* / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population*
  • Social Problems / prevention & control
  • South Australia
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers* / organization & administration
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers* / statistics & numerical data
  • Utilization Review
  • Wounds and Injuries / blood
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control

Substances

  • Ethanol