AHA concerned about takeaway liquor laws

Posted by Josette Dunn on 19th May 2010

The Australian Hotels Association (NSW) has expressed concern over recent revelations that kids are having takeaway liquor delivered to their front doors.

AHA (NSW) Chief Executive Officer Sally Fielke said it was alarming that minors could so easily access discount, bulk liquor and that so little controls were in place to combat this.

“We know that 70% of alcohol purchased is consumed away from licensed venues and that 90% of alcohol-related crime also occurs away from licensed venues. Clearly greater safeguards and better policing of this issue is needed when kids can just ring up and have grog delivered to the front door,” Ms Fielke said.

“As hoteliers, we work closely with the police and the community to make sure that we adhere to the highest standards of Responsible Service of Alcohol and ensure that minors are not drinking at our venues. But here is an example of dangerous levels of binge drinking being made possible because of lax laws.”