Biggest change to alcohol in decades
THE biggest change to Queensland's drinking laws in decades has officially hit, with changes for partygoers in Airlie Beach from tonight.
As many would already be aware, the "Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence" laws are taking affect as of today, July 1.
The new laws that are now in place include:
Reduced trading hours
- Venues outside Safe Night Precincts will not be able to serve alcohol after 2am.
- Venues inside Safe Night Precincts, including Airlie Beach, will not be able to serve alcohol after 3am.
Airlie Beach will not be hit as hard as other rural and regional areas because it is a designated Safe Night Precinct and will be able to serve alcohol until 3am.
- Existing lockout provisions will temporarily come to an end, which means Airlie's lockout will remain in place until February 1, 2017, when a 1am lockout will be introduced.
Rapid intoxication drinks
- All licensed venues across Queensland are prohibited from selling or supplying rapid intoxication drinks after midnight.
- Rapid intoxication drinks are all drinks designed to be consumed rapidly, including shots, shooters, bombs, blasters, test tubes and jelly shots, double shots (drinks containing more than 5% alcohol or containing more than two standard drinks) and drinks containing more than 45 millilitres of spirits. Cocktails that are on a drinks list and menu will be exempt from the midnight ban.
The State Government says these laws are designed to achieve a cultural change around drinking behaviour, promote responsible drinking practices and ensure a safer environment in Queensland entertainment precincts, including Airlie Beach.
Queensland police are also pushing to remind anyone enjoying a drink out on the town to drink responsibly and remember that it's all in your hands.