In the interests of responsible drinking

Under control: A Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research survey has found that there has been an improvement in the enforcement of Responsible Services of Alcohol laws.
Under control: A Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research survey has found that there has been an improvement in the enforcement of Responsible Services of Alcohol laws.

WHEN it comes to responsible service of alcohol laws, it comes down to more than just legislation.

Camden Liquor Accord president Dean Kondic, who's also the licensee of the Merino Tavern, said enforcement of the laws was also the personal responsibility of the licensee.

"Hopefully people are drinking responsibly and enjoying their night," Mr Kondic said.

"That's what everyone in this business wants, but some people drink more than they can handle."

A new Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows that Mr Kondic is not the only licensee who sees the laws in this light.

Since 2002 the enforcement of responsible service of alcohol laws has improved, with a 5 per cent increase in the number of surveyed patrons refused further alcoholic drinks — up from 2.2 per cent in 2002 to 7.1 per cent in 2011.

The survey also found that the number of intoxicated patrons asked to leave a licensed venue increased from 4.2 per cent in 2006 to 12.4 per cent in 2011.

Mr Kondic said all Camden Liquor Accord members have had at some time to ask intoxicated patrons to leave.

"The other problem is people migrating from pub to pub who walk through the door and are asked to leave and they haven't even had a drink in your establishment," he said.

Camden local area commander Peter Gillam said Camden did not have as big a problem with alcohol-related violence as other commands, but that it was still a priority.

Superintendent Gillam said the police focused on "preventive and proactive strategies", as well as on audits of licensed venues.

"The audits can be done overtly and covertly and focus on compliance with alcohol laws," he said. "Licensed venues all have a moral obligation to these sorts of things.

"The last thing we need is young people drinking excessively and making themselves safety targets and becoming victims."