31 May

Shocking Truth Alcohol Violence and Youth in Australia

Following smoking, alcohol is the most common cause of preventable death in Australia. Some of the dangers associated with the consumption of alcohol include drunken driving, disease, and child neglect. In addition, alcohol greatly increases a person’s blood pressure, makes them have an exceptionally poor diet, and greatly decreases a person’s ability to exercise. In addition, the consumption of alcohol results in the loss of millions of hours of man hours of work every year.

We recently commented about the importance of RSA training.

Encourage Responsible Service of Alcohol to Avoid ViolenceOne of lease reported negative effects from drinking is an increased risk of violence. The violence cause by drinking is difficult to measure as persons will frequently avoid reporting violence that happened to them while drunk. In addition, a large amount of the violence from alcohol occurs inside of the home, and people will rarely report violence that occurred at the hands of a family member. Education about drinking is very important, and it is important for parents to know about youth drinking, alcohol related violence, and some of the ways to prevent alcohol related violence.

Youth Drinking

Youth drinking is a major problem in Australia. It is estimated that well over ninety percent of all youths will have tried alcohol by the time they turn seventeen. In addition, surveys show that seventy percent of all youths have tried alcohol the month before they were surveyed, and that fifty percent had gotten drunk the week before they were asked. These measurements point to a serious problem with youths frequently drinking, which is a good sign that they will develop alcoholism in the future.

One of the biggest concerns with alcohol use and youth is that youth will engage in fights with each other. This is because young people are more prone to violence, and because more young people tend to drink socially. It is estimated that drinking results in 13 percent of all death of Australians between the age of thirteen and seventeen.

Alcohol Related Violence

The face of alcohol violence takes several different forms. For youth the most common form of alcohol related violence comes in the form of fights. These fights can be direct challenges against persons, or simply an aggressor deciding to attack someone.

There are also huge amount of alcohol related violence that happens to persons who aren’t directly involved with social drinking. Violence towards family members is exceptionally common. In addition, youth will frequently decide to vandalize property, and will attack pedestrians. Youth attacks on the homeless are a major concern.

Another problem with alcohol and violence are attacks that are aimed towards gaining access to alcohol. It is common for youths to rob adults who are carrying alcohol out of a store, and there are many cases of a youth attacking a family member in order to gain access to their alcohol.

How to Prevent the Youth Problem with Alcohol

There are a number of things that a responsible adult can do in order to prevent youths from drinking and engaging in violence. One of the simplest solutions is to simply take steps to secure your supply of alcohol from a youth. Putting a lock on your liquor cabinet, and not leaving beer in your fridge is probably wise. But that alone will not stop them, from trying.

Educating them might help, but a lecture from an adult is probably useless. Paying for them to do an RSA online that you trust will provide them with lots of great information on the potential problems associated with alcohol. They will also be getting training that they can use in the hospitality industry, so it may actually be beneficial in other ways.

Another intelligent thing to do is to simply learn more about your child’s life away from you. Being able to know what friends your child drinks with will go a long ways towards you being able to avoid this.

23 May

Kings Cross Highlights Importance of RSA Training

The debate concerning liquor management in the country began in 2012 with the alcohol-related murder of teenager Tom Kelly. Many adopted the theory that government should intervene and initiate legislation in attempts at resolving alcohol induced crime. More recently, the attack and tragic death of Sydney teenager Daniel Christie ushered in a number of changes to licensing and sentencing laws. While some welcome the changes, others believe the laws fall short of conquering the problem. Some of the recent measures put into place include:

  • Bar sales ending at 3:00 A.M. in Kings Cross and Sydney
  • Facilities must lockout at 1:30 A.M.
  • Packaged liquor outlets must close at 10:00 P.M.
  • A freeze on new liquor licenses
  • A mandatory eight-year sentence for alcohol-related deaths
  • $150 to $500 fines for offensive language or behaviour

Online RSA training was also undergoing trials in the state of New South Wales, but this training was suspended.

New Law Proponents

Peter Miller told “The Conversation” that the new mandates set an example for other states and state leaders. The new laws will hopefully establish a trend in the country’s culture with respect to alcohol-related violence. Miller and associates at Deaking University performed studies that indicate alcohol often fuels violent crime. However, the researchers found that the prevalence increases on individual levels. The Premiere strongly believes that the new measures send a message that it is no longer acceptable to consume alcohol or illicit substances and engage in violent crimes against others. Victims of such crimes and their loved ones are happy to see the legislation changes.

Opponents of the New Laws

Others are not as optimistic that the new legislation will have much of an impact on recent events. Entrepreneur John Ibrahim, for example, shared that he did not believe that the new laws would alter the behaviour of today’s youth. Many also believe that punishing the majority because of the actions of a select few is misguided at best. Contrary to headlines published across various media pages, Kings Cross and Sydney are not filled with people who cannot hold their liquor or who incite violent acts.

The expense involved in going to public bars, pubs and nightclubs leads many to pre-drink, which many suggest contributes to the alcohol-related problems. Citizens also advise that without public transportation after 2:00 A.M. the likelihood of inebriated people in the streets is more likely. Some also suggest an increase in police presence on weekends to deter inappropriate behaviour. Other recommendations include facility owners banning individuals displaying habitual offensive or violent behaviour.

Importance of RSA Training

Australia requires that anyone wishing to gain employment in a bar, club, pub or restaurant that serves alcohol in the country must complete Responsible Service of Alcohol or RSA training. Each state within the country has individual requirements for training and certification. Training is available online, which saves time and money while offering convenience. Be aware that working in more than one Australian state may require a separate certificate for each state.

Only certain states allow online online RSA training and certification.

The states are:

  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia-SA
  • Western Australia-WA

New South Wales had a program running, but this was suspended recently as part of the reforms.

Check out this page for more information about Queensland RSAs done online.

RSA courses are designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide responsible service in establishments that serve or sell alcohol. Completing a course and obtaining certification protects employers, employees and the public against breaches of the Liquor Act. The training acts as a framework for responsible serving practices. The many topics covered while taking an RSA course include:

* RSA history, laws and legislation
* Understanding the effects alcohol has after consumption
* Prevention of serving or selling alcohol to minors
* Intoxicated and disorderly patrons
* Responsible practices and alcohol promotions
* Refusing service or venue entry