Christopher Chan

Close clubs and pubs at 3am, says support group

A KEY support group for those grappling with alcohol and drug addiction is backing plans for all Queensland pubs and nightclubs to be shut at 3am.

Currently, nightclubs have a 3am lockout but remain open until 5am.

Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie is understood to be considering the plan.

Lives Lived Well - Queensland's top support organisation for people with drug and alcohol issues - will join Clubs Queensland and the Police Union this afternoon to publicly endorse earlier closing hours.

Chief executive Mitchell Giles said Newcastle trialled the restricted trading hours in 2008, which led to late-night assaults in the area falling by more than a third.

Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital maxillofacial surgeon Dr Anthony Lynham said he "routinely" treats people injured during a drunken night out.

He said he would applaud any restriction to when liquor stores or nightclubs operate.

"It is distressing to see these serious injuries continually coming in to the hospital after nights of drunken violence," Dr Lynham said.

"It is even more upsetting to contemplate that these injuries are preventable."



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