From 1 July 2016, venues that are approved to trade past midnight cannot sell or supply rapid intoxication drinks after midnight.
A rapid intoxication drink is one that is designed to be consumed rapidly, or contains a high percentage of alcohol. These pose a high risk of alcohol-related harm.
Rapid intoxication drinks that have been prescribed in liquor legislation include:
- a drink served in a small glass or container, such as shooters, shots, bombs, test tubes, jelly shots and other similar drinks
- a drink prepared on the premises that contains more than 45ml of spirits or liqueur
- a pre-mixed alcoholic drink containing more than 5% of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) or containing more ethanol than 2 standard drinks. A pre-mixed drink must fall within both the 5% alcohol by volume threshold and the 2 standard drinks threshold to be served after midnight. It does not include brewed or fermented alcoholic drinks (for example, beer and wine).
Cocktails are exempt from the ban on rapid intoxication drinks from midnight, provided the:
- drink is listed on a document (cocktail menu) prepared by the licensee and displayed on the premises listing the cocktails that may be sold in the venue
- price of the cocktail is listed on the cocktail menu
- drink is not sold for less than the amount specified on the menu from midnight drink is not designed for rapid consumption (for example, cocktail shooters are not exempt).
If venues sell or supply rapid intoxication drinks during the restricted period they can be fined $12,190.
Airports and casinos are exempt from reduced trading hours, lock out laws and the ban on rapid intoxication drinks from 12am, as they already have a higher standard of strict controls in place in their venues to address issues of harm as compared to other licensed venues. The nature of their operations also differs to other venues.
This is just one of the legislative changes that impacts licensees from 1 July 2016. You can see a full summary of the changes at www.business.qld.gov.au/tafv.
Reference : https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/liquor-gaming/liquor/subscribe-newsletter/current#ban-on-rapid-intoxication-drinks-after-12am