Restricting supply of booze to quell violence in QLD

THE people want punishment but experts believe restricting the supply of alcohol is most likely to stem a tide of booze-fuelled violence in Queensland.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is to announce reforms designed to crack down on drunken violence by the end of the month.

In its February survey, most of the 12,000 responses backed the introduction of new and heavier penalties for the drunk, drugged and violent.

Only weeks ago, a 53-year-old man was killed after being "coward punched" on the Sunshine Coast while trying to calm down an argument.

It is unclear how the research will guide the state's plans, but the national Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education warns against a knee-jerk crackdown.

FARE policy and research director Caterina Giorgi said it was "flawed logic" to expect the drunk or drug-addled would consider consequences.

She said hard-line penalties would make little impact on the rate of violence but would put more pressure on the justice system.

"If we're serious about reducing harm, imposing harsher penalties will not do that," Ms Giorgi said.

Queensland's policy must include limiting trading hours for licensed venues, she said, question how many liquor shops can be in one area and better promotion of booze control.

"There is no evidence to support the use of tougher penalties for drug and alcohol offences," she said.

New South Wales has already introduced a suite of laws including the winding back of trading hours for venues and upping scrutiny at liquor stores.

Mr Newman - in the United States - said the "comprehensive package" of changes due later this month would be based not just on this survey but on 300 submissions from the community and 8000 Facebook comments.

"Queensland is not a place where mindless violence is tolerated," he said.

"We want Queensland to be the safest place for people to go out and enjoy themselves."