Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fightin' and Dancin' and Drinkin'

I found this article to be of interest as it relates to several topics which have been covered here - guns in bars and other places which provide alcohol being one.  But also the nature of violent impulses and the triggers for those impulse for another.

I would point out that the worst of these instances of social aggression end in violence, often lethal violence, including gun violence, not just swinging fists.

I also would point out the existence of some interesting 'specialty' publications, in this case 'Drug and Alcohol Review'.  All part of our efforts here to inform, educate and entertain our growing readership.

From MSNBC.com

Fight club: Most bar brawls begin on the dance floor

If you're the dance floor of a crowded bar - watch out for fisticuffs, says a new study.
By Cari Nierenberg
If you shake your booty on the dance floor of a crowded bar, you could be in for a world of hurt. And your lousy dance moves are not to blame.
A recent study shows that the dance floor is the most likely place for fights to break out inside a large drinking establishment. The findings suggest that roughly 20 percent of the most harmful incidents took place on the floor itself; another 13 percent of them occurred near it.
The research, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, looked at "hotspots" for aggression in bars and clubs.
In the study, researchers made more than 1,300 visits to 118 bars and clubs in Toronto over a two-year period. They went to bars that could hold more than 300 people, and they went on Fridays and Saturdays between midnight and 3 a.m.
Researchers observed the customers for aggressive behaviors, and they rated them on a scale of 1 (minor non-physical harm) to 5 (actions causing pain, including punching and kicking). They even gauged how intoxicated the customers seemed that night.
They found that the dance floor was the top spot for aggressive behavior. "There's a lot of sexual aggression and aggressive horseplay on the dance floor in late night, large-capacity bars and night clubs," says study author Kathryn Graham, a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
Sometimes it was just sheer numbers -- the dance floor was the most crowded place on the premises and this sparked more incidents. And partly it was because that's where the most rowdiness between dancers and even bystanders took place.
But Graham was a little surprised that the area at or near the serving bar was the second most common location for bad behavior. She figures this was mainly a traffic and congestion issue.
Tempers there could also flare between patrons and staff over drink service. And when hot heads get hammered, it can get ugly.
"I suspect that a lot of the aggression near the serving bar was in the form of male-to-male violence where egos are on the line when people get bumped," says Graham.
Then again, "It may also be that this is a good place to hang around if you're looking for trouble," she adds.
While the dance floor was the #1 hotspot for aggressive behavior and the space near the serving bar was second, the tables came in third. This was followed by the hallways, aisles, and stairs in fourth, the entrance was fifth, and the pool tables were sixth.
Although only 4 percent of incidents took place at pool tables, the area had a high rate of barroom brawls likely brought on by people's competitive juices mixing with alcohol.
So, when you head out for a night on the town, now you'll know the high-risk locations at your favorite watering hole. And feel free to pass along this research to the bar staff so they'll keep things from getting out of hand in these potential trouble spots.
The worst fights? They took place outside the bar, of course.


  1. And this is exactly why I don't often go to bars--a crowd of silly people drinking overpriced drinks and moving about like someone in desperate need of a dopamine injection.

  2. "a crowd of silly people drinking overpriced drinks and moving about like someone in desperate need of a dopamine injection."

    And Dr. Greg Camp will now explain WTF his comment means as well as give us all a scholarly lecture on how dopamine deficiency is ameliorated by the intake of alcohol or wether the alcohol intake has a placebo effect on the test subjects.

  3. Democommie,

    Have you looked at what passes for dancing these days? It looks a lot like someone having a seizure.

  4. Greg Camp:

    That's not an answer. As usual, you say something stupid and then act as if it wasn't.

    If you teach the same way as you comment, your students are wasting their money.