Home Office Research Report 60 summarises the evaluation findings of two phases of Alcohol Arrest Referral (AAR) pilots operating between 2007 and 2010 in twelve police forces. Brief interventions to attempt to tackle alcohol-related offending were offered to adults, arrested and deemed by a police officer to be under the influence of alcohol.
AAR was successfully implemented following good co-operation between police and alcohol workers with schemes developing models to best meet local needs. Overall, there was no strong evidence to suggest that AAR had a criminal justice impact i.e. reducing re-arrest. However, there was some limited evidence of reduced alcohol consumption among the intervention groups. The findings also showed that those arrested within the night-time economy were not generally prolific offenders. Average costs per intervention varied from £62 to £826.