This report looks at pre-drinking behaviour (the consumption of alcohol before a night out or event) in Hamilton’s Central Business District at night.
- Approximately 90 percent of the research participants had consumed any alcohol that day, and 84 percent had engaged in pre-drinking, meaning that 94 percent of those who had consumed any alcohol that evening had been pre-drinking.
- Pre-drinkers had significantly higher breath alcohol content than non-pre-drinkers, throughout the night. The difference was greatest early in the evening, and later in the evening.
- The level of intoxication of pre-drinkers did not appear to be related to where and when they obtained their alcohol.
- The main motivations for pre-drinking were price (or to save money), and to a lesser extent ‘to get drunk’ and ‘to have fun’. Women were more likely than men to pre-drink because of price.