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Do you work in licensed premises? Do you know what alcohol actually is?  By studying an RSA online course, you can learn all about alcohol and how it should be served responsibly.

What is alcohol?

In everyday use, alcohol usually refers to drinks such as beer, wine, or spirits containing ethyl alcohol – a substance that can cause drunkenness and changes in consciousness, mood, and emotions. It is these intoxicating and psychoactive effects that lead to so many accidents, injuries, diseases, and disruptions in the family life of everyday Australians.

Due to the different ways that alcohol can affect people, there is no amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for everyone. People choosing to drink must realise that there will always be some risk to their health and social well-being.

The terms alcohol and liquor are used interchangeably. Liquor is the preferred term as we are studying the Liquor Act 1992 which contains a definition of liquor. Where this manual refers to liquor or alcohol, it is referring specifically to ethyl alcohol. This is the type of alcohol found in drinks intended for human consumption.

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Intoxication commences when the first drink of alcohol enters the body. It can affect a person’s behaviour within minutes of the first drink. Drinking heavily over a short period of time usually results in a “hangover” – headache, nausea, shaking and sometimes vomiting. A hangover is due partly to poisoning by alcohol and other components of the drink, and partly to the body’s reaction to withdrawal from alcohol. There are dozens of home remedies, but there is currently no known effective cure.

Enrol in your RSA online QLD course today and ensure that you fulfil your obligations under the Liquor Act in your state or territory.  You can also learn more by visiting the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Queensland (OLGR) website.

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