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BOCSAR NSW Alcohol Studies Bulletins

Scott, Linda

Imprint: Sydney; Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research New South Wales; 2007Extent: 8 p.ISSN: 1445-4475Publication Type: Report-SeriesSubjects: Social Sciences; Health; Agriculture; Criminology & criminal justice; Statistics; Social services & public welfare; Substance abuse

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Abstract: This bulletin presents results from research investigating whether the provision of responsible service of alcohol (RSA) initiatives by licensed premises staff in NSW has changed since 2002. This research involved repeating in 2006 a telephone survey originally conducted in 2002. A sample of 2,427 young adults were asked about their last drinking occasion at a licensed premises. This included whether or not they were showing any of five different signs of intoxication and, if so, whether they had received any of seven different RSA initiatives from licensed premises staff. On both survey occasions over half of the respondents who reported drinking at acute risk levels for alcohol-related harm reported that the last such occasion had occurred at a licensed premises. 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 per cent), however there was a modest reduction in 2006 in the percentage who reported showing three or more signs (15 versus 19 per cent). 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 per cent in 2002 to 28 per cent in 2006. The majority of this more intoxicated group, however, still reported that they were continued to be served alcohol (54 per cent in 2006). No significant change was found between 2002 and 2006 in non-intoxicated patrons reporting having seen intoxicated patrons receive RSA interventions from licensed premises staff, though around one half did report seeing such RSA practice. This research suggests that since 2002 there has been some improvement in the provision of RSA practice to more intoxicated patrons at licensed premises in NSW. However, given that over one half of this more intoxicated group still report being continued alcohol service, it is critical that efforts to increase the provision of RSA practice by bar staff be continued.