Alcohol Myths


Due to the new changes to liquor legislation, this may be a great opportunity to brush up on your RSA knowledge. As well as being aware of any legislative changes that will affect your job, the most recent being the ban on rapid intoxication drinks after midnight and changes to trading hours, it’s also important refresh your base knowledge to ensure that you are serving alcohol responsibly.

As an employee working on licensed premises, it’s important not to fall for these alcohol myths.

Sobering up

None of the following will sober a person up:

  • Fresh air
  • Exercise
  • Cold showers
  • Coffee
  • Vomiting
  • Mixing Drinks

Mixing drinks does not make you intoxicated faster. It is the alcohol content of the drink which affects people, not the type of drink. However, mixing drinks may make the patron feel ill rather than more intoxicated.

The White Line

Have you noticed a white line on a wine glass? Many people mistakenly think this line indicates a standard drink. Check with your supervisor as this line is usually a “service line” which indicates the amount of wine offered for sale per glass and may vary from venue to venue.

Low Carbs Vs Low alcohol

For the diet conscious, many breweries are now offering low carb products. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this indicates low alcohol. Low carb does not equal low alcohol content.

Topping up drinks

Many people think they are being good hosts by ‘topping up’ a half empty glass. In doing so they are inadvertently preventing the patron from keeping a check on the amount of alcohol they are consuming. Liquor servers should avoid topping up unfinished drinks.

Providing responsible service of alcohol is not only an obligation under the Liquor Act, it is also in the best interest of your patrons, fellow staff members and the community. To update your RSA knowledge, complete our online course today for just $24!