In NSW alcohol-related assaults have almost doubled over the last ten years. In 2006-07 there were 20,475 alcohol-related assaults excluding domestic violence incidents, up from 10,305 in 1997-98. In fact, the number of these assaults is increasing at a faster rate than total assaults. Incidences of alcohol-related malicious damage and offensive conduct have also increased, rising by 87 and 70 per cent respectively. Working with hotels and clubs to reduce alcohol-related crime, however we found that the number of alcohol-related assaults has reduced or stabilised in the last two years in about 14 per cent of Police local area commands.
Parliamentary reference - Report number #179 - released 23 April 2008