Techniques for Refusing Alcohol Service

Responsible Service of AlcoholThere are various techniques licensees and RSA staff can use when refusing service or entry including:

  • Introduce yourself to the person and tell them your name and your role, and ask their name.
  • Approach the person in a friendly and respectful manner. Patronising or authoritarian attitudes can often evoke anger and make the person aggressive – this is a common response to threats to one’s dignity and self-respect. Try not to speak to the person in front of others.
  • When talking to the person, use their name; use slow, distinct speech; use short, simple sentences; avoid emotion and involved discussions; use appropriate eye contact; and adjust speaking pace to match that of the patron’s.
  • Provide a clear statement that by law – they cannot be served another drink or allowed to remain in the venue.
  • Give a clear instruction to the person that they must leave the premises. If necessary guide them to the exit, ensuring that they have all their personal possessions with them.
  • Suggest alternative and safe transport home, such as calling a friend, relative or a taxi.
  • Notify the manager/licensee/supervisor or security.
  • Enter any incidents relating to refusal in the venue’s incident register.
  • If considered necessary, the management may consider imposing a short-term ban.

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