23 Nov

Go Home, Australia, You’re Drunk!

Oz officially has an alcohol problem

But it didn’t start recently like in Kings Cross. Australia has been wearing the infamous beer goggles since colonization. According to the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education 2018 Poll, since 2010 the total percentage of adult alcohol consumers in Australia has never been below 77%. And from 2017 to 2018 that statistic jumps from 77% to 82%. That’s four out of every five adults! Looking at the underage crowd, the cultural instigation is even more prevalent where 88% of Australians surveyed in 2010 reported alcohol consumption by age 14.

When looking at these shocking statistics, it’s important to note that alcohol usage isn’t inherently a problem. Used responsibly, alcohol can help loosen the mood and stimulate a more social environment. The key word here is “responsibly.” So, what leads people to irresponsible use? The problem is the juvenile jungle juice that is underdeveloped brains, a social drinking culture, and ease of access to alcohol.

When we look at the percentages of people who drink excessively, as well as the data on alcohol-related incidents, the conclusions are hard to argue with. The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines binge drinking as “more than 7 drinks a night for men, and more than 5 for women.” Using this definition, nearly half of all alcohol consumers binge drink. It’s no surprise when 45% of drinkers, approximately 5.7 million, consume alcohol with the express purpose of getting drunk. Pair this attitude with a legal drinking age of 18, an age at which the brain is statistically underdeveloped, add in the ease of access, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

This is why RSA training in NSW, QLD and other states is so important.

What kind of disasters specifically? Fatal car accidents, hospitalizations and casualties, domestic abuse, child neglect, health problems and even crime can be a consequence of irresponsible alcohol use. Alcohol is the second leading preventable cause of death and hospitalization in Australia. Of the 1,225 fatal traffic accidents that occurred in 2017, 33% of them were found to be linked to alcohol use. It’s sobering to consider, but important to understand in addressing the problem.

10 Oct

What Parents Can Do To Help Teenagers Survive The Alcohol Years

Alcoholism is a significant problem for all age groups in most parts of the world.

Youth Survival

Australia especially has higher alcohol consumption and teenagers are at particular risk for alcoholism. There is a plethora of potential negative health and social outcomes from alcoholism and the impaired judgment it induces.

Many statistics support the notion of there being an epidemic amongst teenagers and alcohol in Australia.

But is it really a problem?

The Issues

The health problems that can rise from excessive drinking are serious and numerous. It is recommended that men have no more than 7 drinks in a day or 24 hour period and that women have no more than 5 to avoid serious health risks. The majority of alcohol consumers in Australia are within these boundaries, but a notable percentage drink over this recommended level.
Cirrhosis of the liver is one of the more well-known and relevant problems from too much alcohol. Dozens of other serious medical problems arise from over consumption such as heart and circulatory complications, increased risk of cancers, and stomach and pancreas issues.
The mentioned issues are typically cumulative, but immediate fatal outcomes such as alcohol poisoning and choking on vomit during sleep are existent. Alcoholism impairs judgment and coordination to the point that drinking and driving and other high risk bad decisions are made that are detrimental to health and life.
Drinking too much also produces social problems in the work place, with family, and finances that can lead an alcoholic to rock bottom. Vehicular homicide, domestic violence, and other erratic behavior that arrives from alcoholism can lead teenagers and adults alike in jail for a long time.

Teenagers Especially Vulnerable

Teenagers can especially fall victim to the viciousness of alcoholism. Teenagers by definition are younger and less experienced to be able to casually consume and enjoy a mind altering substance without letting it consume them. Teenagers are also more prone to peer pressure and social situations that promote heavy drinking. Many teenagers participate in binge drinking activities that set a dangerous precedent for over indulgence. The teenager body also often isn’t fully developed and the health problems are harsher for them than full grown adults. Teenager alcoholics and binge drinkers are more likely to have fatal car accidents, commit suicide, and be assaulters and victims of physical violence.


Some interesting statistics further illustrate how widespread alcohol consumption for young people is in Australia. Over 40% of Aussies over 14 years old are weekly drinkers and 9% are daily drinkers. Of that 40% of weekly drinkers, half of them are between 14 and 19 years old. Approximately 10% of drinkers consume above the recommended daily amount that promotes high risk. Over 80% of drinkers between the ages of 14 and 24 regularly engage in unsafe drinking practices. Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19 have 40% of their age group engaging in binge drinking. In the recent past, nearly half of all assault cases were alcohol related. Emergency rooms reports that over 30% of people between ages 14 and 19 who come there for injuries recently consumed alcohol.

What Parents Can Do

This information can be especially concerning for parents of teenagers who partake in such risky drinking behavior. Tips for parents to help their teenager survive the alcohol years include;
  • Talk to them about safe drinking (no binge drinking, know your limit, being wearing of spiked drinks, regularly detox, etc).
  • Don’t allow your alcohol supply to be accessible by teenagers at home.
  • Don’t allow teenagers that have past and indicators of heavy drinking or drinking and driving to get behind the wheel during likely drinking times or nights by taking away their keys or prohibit driving all together.
  • Exemplify responsible drinking or abstinence from drinking.
  • Know when it’s necessary and be willing to execute an intervention if appropriate.
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