Examples of Unacceptable Liquor Practices or Promotions

Responsible Management of Licensed PremisesThis blog outlines some examples of unacceptable liquor practices or promotions as detailed in the Liquor Regulation 2002 (Section 41). Ultimately, whether or not a promotion or practice is lawful will depend on how the actual promotion or practice is conducted by the licensee and their staff, whether the risks have been satisfactorily controlled, and the response of patrons.

Drinking competitions that encourage rapid or excessive consumption of liquor or discourage a patron from monitoring or controlling the patron’s consumption of liquor are not acceptable.

  • Skolling games, ‘boat races’

  • ‘Laybacks’

  • Consumption of liquor from a water pistol

  • Labelling or titling of promotions such as “Beat the clock” and “Drink like a fish”

Using a container that encourages rapid or excessive consumption of liquor or discourages a patron from monitoring or controlling the patron’s consumption of liquor is not acceptable.

  • Serving liquor in a yard glass for skolling

  • Serving liquor in a test tube shaped glass without providing a stand on which the glass can be placed

  • Multiple supply of ‘shooters’

  • Offering trays of shooters

Promotions or drink cards which provide a multiple of free drinks, or extreme discounts on a given day or night are not acceptable.

Unlimited liquor consumption such as “all you can drink” offers and “free drinks for women” are not acceptable.

Promoting free or discounted liquor without providing an appropriate number of staff or security persons to monitor and control patrons’ consumption of liquor is not acceptable

Promoting or conducting an activity that encourages harassment of patrons or staff is not acceptable.

  • Conducting a ‘wet T-shirt’ competition during which discounted liquor is served to patrons, and the licensee does not provide adequate staff or security persons to monitor or control patrons’ behaviour and some patrons become intoxicated and harass other patrons and staff

Holding a patron’s financial-institution access card and serving liquor to the patron on account over several days pending payment when the patron next receives social security benefits is not acceptable.

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