In 2015 Dr Anne Fox tabled her report for Lion Nathan, Understanding behaviour in the Australian and New Zealand night-time economies.
In response to situations where alcohol causes an aggressive response, her findings include:
Listening to live music or stand-up comedy, playing darts, chess, or other bar room games, karaoke, competitions and tournaments, all these can serve to distract drinkers from frustration and unite them as a group. Many young people feel they have to get drunk and then create their own entertainment. What is needed in drinking venues is a de-emphasis on the consumption of alcohol for its own sake and a refocus on the entertainment and group conviviality.We need to encourage the establishment of night-time venues where alcohol is ancillary to the entertainment, not the centre of it.