Thursday 18 July 2013
The NSW Government today released updated guidelines setting out acceptable standards for the promotion of alcohol by the State’s licensed venues, Acting Minister for Hospitality Andrew Stoner said.
Mr Stoner said the new Liquor Promotion Guidelines produced by the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR) reflect the need to address the promotion of alcohol at all distributors including bottle shops and supermarkets, as well as the growing trend of alcohol promotion through the Internet and social media.
"These new guidelines set a tough new benchmark for responsible alcohol promotions by licensed premises," Mr Stoner said.
"The release of these updated Liquor Promotion Guidelines is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing efforts to crackdown on alcohol-related harm, including irresponsible promotions by licensed venues that can lead to binge drinking and other alcohol-related problems in our communities.
"The last guidelines were introduced in 2009, and since then there has been a distinct rise in the sale and promotion of alcohol online.
"The new guidelines not only address the promotion of alcohol through supermarket vouchers and shopper-dockets, but also the specific use of social media and interactive technology to promote alcohol consumption.
"The guidelines now include a reference to ‘buy one, get one free’ offers promoted through discount vouchers, cards or shopper-dockets, with a requirement to have purchase limits or other suitable controls in place.
"Licensees who fail to abide by these new guidelines and who encourage the misuse or abuse of alcohol on their premises will face restrictions or bans on their irresponsible promotions with the threat of $5,500 fines for failing to comply."
The guidelines will apply to all licensed premises under the Liquor Act 2007 that run alcohol promotions including hotels, bars, nightclubs, registered clubs, bottle shops, producer/wholesalers, limited licences, licensed restaurants and other on-premises venues.
Mr Stoner said alcohol promotions can have a significant influence on the way people drink and behave in licensed premises so it is vitally important they are conducted responsibly to avoid drunkenness, violence, anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and other harm.
"Licensees and their staff are required by law to maintain responsible attitudes and practices regarding the promotion, sale and service of alcohol," Mr Stoner said.
"The Liquor Promotion Guidelines will encourage greater responsibility by defining clear expectations about alcohol promotions by licensed venues and spelling out what is and isn't acceptable."
Mr Stoner said the updated Liquor Promotion Guidelines identify inappropriate promotions including those that: