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Aussie drink-driving laws have similar penalties, but our BAC level is still at .05. This will be moved to .02 in the coming years.
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LiquorResponsible Service of Alcohol

If you supply alcohol for consumption at your venue providing free drinking water to patrons, is a must. 

It is not just a nice thing to do, it is mandatory under the conditions of your licence.   

It is your responsibility, as a licensee, to meet this requirement.

Depending on the type of venue or event, the way you choose to provide water may vary.  For example, a local bowls club may provide jugs of water and glasses on the bar for patrons to help themselves, or a wine tasting event may provide clearly marked water stations adjacent to alcohol service areas.

Certain licences contain a condition which also requires licensees to advertise the fact that water is provided, free of charge.  If you are unsure about your obligations, check your licence conditions.   

To help you advertise free water at your venue or event, you can download the VCGLR’s  free water poster here. (PDF, 3.38 MB)   

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05 Mar, 2019

New research from health promotion foundation VicHealth and Monash University has found Victorian men are underestimating the harm from heavy drinking, with some believing the health risks only begin at 30 drinks per session.

With Aussie men at higher risk from alcohol than women, the study looked at what influences groups of men to drink, highlighting the drinking culture among sports players and supporters, hospitality and office workers. It found:

  • 59 per cent of the men surveyed said they downed more than five drinks in one session weekly and 38 per cent said they drank more than 11 drinks in one session monthly
  • While risky drinking was highly prevalent amongst all sub-groups hospitality workers had the highest rates of risky drinking attributed to access to free drinks and the perceived necessity for winding down post-work
  • Alcohol was described by the men as a way of ‘opening-up’ to each other and many felt they couldn’t socialise without drinking – even with close mates
  • Men described their drinking as autonomous yet were observed to be heavily influenced by other men in the group through round buying, being pressured to drink or making fun of those who chose ‘fruity’ drinks with lower alcohol content
  • Men were very hesitant to step in and intervene to help a mate who was drinking heavily unless he was trying to drive or drunk to the point of being completely incapacitated
  • Men described ‘inheriting’ drinking behaviours from their fathers and drinking being central to being an Australian man
  • Men were uncomfortable about the Australian drinking culture but felt powerless to change it.

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Conclusions: Our review suggests that maternal alcohol use during pregnancy is associated with offspring mental health problems, even at low to moderate levels of alcohol use. Future investigation using methods that allow stronger causal inference is needed to further investigate if these associations shown are causal. 

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RELATED STORY: Dan Murphy's Northern Territory saga reaches final hurdles before decision

RELATED STORY: Liquor giant Dan Murphy's a step closer to having Northern Territory footprint

RELATED STORY: Dan Murphy's liquor giant opponents to raise voice at Northern Territory meeting

Liquor giant Dan Murphy's faces an uphill battle in its bid to build its first Northern Territory superstore, with 17 objections lodged against the application and hearings to take longer than first expected.

Key points:

  • An NT Liquor Commission inquiry into whether or not Dan Murphy's will be permitted to be built in the NT has held its first session in Darwin
  • The hearing today heard from Woolworths' legal counsel, who spruiked the possible economic benefits the store could bring
  • Dan Murphy's are yet to formally respond to any of the 17 objections, according to NT Liquor Commission chair Richard Coates

Objectors lining up to lay out their arguments against the proposal included the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), Danila Dilba, the NT Council of Social Services and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

Most of the objections, yet to be explained in full, were expected to relate to the store's potential impact on Darwin's problem drinkers and its planned proximity to three nearby Aboriginal communities.

No representatives from Bagot, Minmarama or Kulaluk communities attended the hearing's first day.

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Date: February 2019  Source: University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary: Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala -- the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety.     

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