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October 2021

Drinking patterns, social interaction, and barroom behavior: a routine activities approach

Author(s): Sobol, J. J.

Journal/Book: Deviant Behav. 2000; 21: 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007-1598, USA. Hemisphere Publ Corp. 429-450.

Abstract: Routine activities and place theory both offer a unique analytical framework to study the types of activities and behaviors that occur within urban drinking settings as well as the consequent problem-related behavior in surrounding residential neighborhoods, Using observational data from two urban bars this study set out to determine how routine drinking patterns, social interaction, and formal guardianship, such as controls and management practices, are related to patron alcohol consumption and behavioral responses within and outside the bar. The results illustrate that the level and extent of effective forms of guardianship within the facility correspond with patron behavior. Generally, the bar that provided the greatest level of guardianship by the use of effective bouncers had a lower amount of predatory sexual offending and disorder within the bar. Moreover, the routine activities of patrons attending the bars in this study also contributed to increased amounts of disorder outside the bars and in adjoining neighborhoods. Several theoretical and policy implications of bar owners' social responsibility to regulate the disorderly and destructive behavior of their patrons are presented.

Note: Article Sobol JJ, Hilbert Coll, Dept Criminal Justice, 5200 S Pk Ave, Hamburg,NY 14075 USA


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