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Young Adults' Experience of Responsible Service Practice in NSW: An Update

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Linda Scott; Neil Donnelly; Suzanne Poynton; Don Weatherburn
Date Published
January 2007
8 pages
Results are presented from research investigating whether the provision of responsible service of alcohol (RSA) by licensed premises staff in New South Wales (NSW) has changed since 2002.
Survey results found high levels of intoxication among young adults drinking at licensed premises and very low levels of RSA provision by licensed premises staff. There was no change in the percentage of these respondents who reported showing at least one sign of intoxication in 2006 compared with 2002 (around 56 percent). However, there was a modest reduction in 2006 in the percentage who reported showing three or more signs of intoxication. There was a significant increase in the provision of responsible service practice to those who reported showing three or more signs of intoxication from 12 percent in 2002 to 28 percent in 2006. The majority of this more intoxicated group, however, still reported that they were continued to be served alcohol (54 percent in 2006). These results suggest that since 2002 there have been some improvement in the provision of RSA practice to more intoxicated patrons at licensed premises in NSW. In NSW, it is an offense for licensed premises to serve alcohol to intoxicated persons. The RSA provision is an approach to dealing with the problem of serving alcohol to intoxicated patrons. To determine whether these types of initiatives have led to an improvement in the provision of responsible alcohol service in NSW, a followup survey of the previous intoxication survey (2002) was carried out by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research on a sample of young adults in 2006. Tables, notes, references and appendix