Characteristics of Violent Bars and Bar Patrons

Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 1021 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203, USA.
Journal of studies on alcohol 12/2003; 64(6):765-72. DOI: 10.15288/jsa.2003.64.765
Source: PubMed


The present analysis is an attempt to examine the characteristics of bars in which violence occurs while accounting for the personalities of the clientele that frequent the bar. It is proposed that an explanation of why violence occurs at certain bars requires examining the characteristics of the bars, the personalities of the clientele, and how these two types of variables act together in order to give rise to aggressive behavior.
We conducted interviews with frequent bar patrons (n = 327), assessing participants on a number of individual differences related to aggression and drinking behavior as well as on characteristics of the usual bar that they attend. Bars were categorized into violent bars (n = 256) or nonviolent bars (n = 71) based on participant responses.
Participants' age, alcohol dependence and anger expression differentiated those who frequented violent bars from those who frequented nonviolent bars. The relationship of these individual differences to bar type was mediated by a number of characteristics of the bar itself, including noise, temperature, the presence of bouncers, the gender of the workers, the presence of billiards and illegal activities in the bar.
The results indicate that individuals having certain personality characteristics are attracted to bar environments that promote antinormative behaviors such as violence. However, it seems to be the characteristics of the bars that are the strongest predictors of violence.

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    • "Although a patron's characteristics have been found to moderate the relationship between alcohol and aggression in and around licensed venues (Quigley et al., 2003; Graham et al., 2006; Graham and Homel, 2008), few studies have directly examined the influence of both gender and socio-economic status (SES) on alcohol-related aggression (ARA) in and around these premises. Of the research examining gender differences in drinking behaviour and aggression, findings show men are more likely to use direct forms of aggression, including physical and verbal assaults, while women engage in more indirect forms of aggression including spreading rumours and gossiping (Krienert and Vandiver, 2009). "
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    • "If the elements upon which diversification takes place are associated with alcohol-related problems, the bar itself may then become geographically associated with alcohol-related problems as it reaches its targeted market (Gruenewald, 2007). For example, if a bar intended to diversify by adding dancing for entertainment or lowering drink prices, it is possible that bar would then attract clientele predisposed to violent behavior since low drink prices and dancing are associated with bars that are classified as violent (Quigley et al., 2003). Though the data in our study included type and class of bars, they did not indicate information about the social and physical context within an alcohol outlet aside from the kind of alcohol it is permitted to sell. "
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    • "Although the presence of alcohol and drugs is a key factor in many incidences of patron self-harm, violence, and antisocial behavior in or near licensed events and venues, it is also the case that various environmental factors have been identified as acerbating these problems. These factors include: low lighting; overcrowding; long queues; poorly maintained decor and seating; high noise levels; the presence of rubbish and waste in or around an event/venue; poor ventilation; long operating hours; patron/attendee access to water and food; and high temperatures (Allsop, Pascal, & Chikritzhs, 2005; Graham et al., 2006; Morgan & McAtamney, 2009; Quigley, Leonard, & Collins, 2003). To this mix of factors can be added: patron/attendee perceptions that aggression is tolerated by management; failure to dissipate groups immediately outside venues; high alcohol prices at events and venues that lead to attendee's " preloading " prior to entry; cheap alcohol promotions; lack of alcohol control by security staff and serving staff; and inadequate access to public transport (Barton & Husk, 2012; Homel & Clark, 1994; Hughes et al., 2011; Martin, Freeman, & Davey, 2013). "
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