Are bartenders now the new health gurus?

Pour yourself a beer, because science says it could be good for you!

No doubt, if you’re working in the hospitality industry and have completed your mandatory RSA training, you are familiar with the fact that alcohol can have serious harmful effects on the body when consumed irresponsibly.

Interestingly however, one Italian research project has asserted 1.4 pints of beer per day could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 25%, as reported by The Independent. Allegedly, this could be linked to light to moderate alcohol consumption increasing levels of healthy cholesterol in the body.  Another study conducted by Chicago’s Loyola University suggested that moderate social drinking could even reduce risk of dementia.

So – who’s right here? And where should we draw the line?

Proceed with caution before you drink to your health – these studies have been met with their fair share of criticism. Your ale may in fact not cure what ails you.

The Journal of Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases concludes that despite a possible relationship between moderate beer consumption and cardiovascular protection, excessive consumption can have severe health impacts and should be treated as a major consideration in the interest of reducing addiction, accidents and violence.

If you’re an employee at a licensed venue you must be aware of these impacts and be alert to the signs of intoxication. It is your duty to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for your customers and coworkers alike, and this may mean sometimes refusing alcohol service.

Do you know your responsibilities under the Liquor Act 1992, as covered in the Responsible Management of Licensed Venues (RMLV) course? RMLV training was developed to reduce the negative impact of poor management practices on the community and all Approved Managers in Queensland licensed venues are required to do the training– click here to learn more.

Despite what science says, Responsible Service of Alcohol training always suggests you err on the side of caution.