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Young Adults' Experience of Responsible Service of Alcohol in NSW: 2011 Update

NCJ Number
Neil Donnelly
Date Published
April 2012
20 pages
This study examined the responsible service of alcohol (RSA) in New South Wales' (NSW) licensed premises between 2002 and 2011.
This study examined the prevalence of intoxication among young adults at licensed premises in NSW, and the level and type of RSA provision among young adults who drink to a point of intoxication at licensed premises in NSW. Results indicate that here has been an increase in the use of RSA initiatives in NSW licensed premises over the studied period; the overall provision of RSA to those who reported any signs of intoxication increased from 2002 to 2011; and there was a significant decline in the percentage of respondents who reported that they were showing at least one sign of intoxication at a licensed premise, from 56 percent in 2001 to 51 percent in 2011. There was no change in the overall provision of RSA to those who reported three or more signs of intoxication between 2006 and 2011. RSA practices appear to have become more stringent among more intoxicated patrons. Non-intoxicated patrons also reported that intoxicated patrons were asked to leave the licensed premises more often over this time period. Data were collected by a repeat cross-sectional telephone survey of young adults (n=2,503 in 2011, n=2,427 in 2006, n=1,090 in 2002). Tables, figures, notes, reference, and appendixes