If you’ve ever travelled outside of Australia, you may have noticed that our country has significantly different relationship to alcohol. In other parts of the world, ‘binge drinking’ is uncommon due to certain laws, religious beliefs or cultural differences. Unfortunately, Australia has developed a culture where drinking to excess is common, and results in antisocial, risky behaviour. As a Responsible Manager, there are certain groups you should identify as ‘high-risk’.
Studies on alcohol use in Australia have found that:
- Excessive or binge drinking is associated with an increased risk of harm including: medical complications, damage to property and risk of physical and psychological injury, and death from accidents and violent behaviour.
- Drinking a large volume of alcohol is considered unsafe in terms of risk of death and injury from critical and prolonged harm, according to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Drinking Guidelines.
- High-risk drinking occurs most in 14 to 24 year olds.
- Groups considered high risk of experiencing harm from excessive drinking include young men and women and Indigenous people.
- Young men (14 to 25) experience a greater risk of death from excessive drinking than any other age group.
- Social, cultural and geographical differences will influence the impact on drinking patterns and harm.
- Drinking environments and locations contribute significantly to alcohol-related problems.
Although some of these factors may be outside of your control, there are some elements that you can change, as much as possible, in reducing alcohol-related harm. This includes identifying high risk groups and observing their behaviour, ensuring your venue and its promotions do not encourage excessive drinking, as well as training your staff to deal with intoxicated persons responsibly. If your RMLV certificate is about to expire, check our courses page to find a class near you.