Identifying the Context of Responsible Service of Alcohol

Responsible Service of AlcoholMany students ask why do we need to be aware, study and implement responsible service of alcohol? This blog seeks to answer some of those questions.

Alcohol is widely used and enjoyed throughout our society, and for many people it forms part of an enjoyable and generally healthy lifestyle that includes good diet and exercise.

For the vast majority of adults, the consumption of alcohol is considered a form of relaxation and social entertainment. However, the misuse and abuse of liquor can have a devastating effect on individuals, their families and society in general. Historically, both in Australia and elsewhere,

Governments have taken the position that the sale and consumption of liquor should not be left exclusively to market forces.

In fact, all developed countries have liquor laws in place on social policy grounds. They recognise that alcohol is a drug that can have harmful effects and must therefore be regulated.

People who drink regularly at higher levels place themselves at increased risk of chronic ill health and premature death. An episode of heavy drinking places the drinker and others at risk of injury and death. These patterns of drinking also have substantial social and economic implications.

Alcohol is a drug. It is second only to tobacco in drug-related deaths and hospitalisation. Its harmful effects are well documented, and the liquor laws (including RSA) recognise the harm associated with its abuse.