Responsible Service of Alcohol and South Australian Liquor Licensing Laws Intoxication Guidelines
There are new intoxication guidelines for South Australia. The guidelines
will make it easier to determine if a person is intoxicated. It is currently an
offence to sell or supply liquor to an intoxicated person. The offence is
committed by the licensee, responsible person and the person by whom the liquor
is sold or supplied.
The new law will make it an offence to serve liquor to a person whose speech,
balance, coordination or behaviour is noticeably impaired and it is reasonable
to believe that the impairment is the result of the consumption of liquor.
Bar staff must have ‘reasonable grounds’ for their belief that a person is
intoxicated It is alright for bar staff to refuse service to a person on the
basis of this belief - even if they are wrong.
In assessing intoxication, bar staff must consider and rule out any conditions
or disabilities that may result in a person displaying symptoms or signs that may be
confused with intoxication.
It is a defence for bar staff to a charge of selling or supplying alcohol to an
intoxicated person if they believed on reasonable grounds that the impairment was not the
result of the consumption of liquor.
It is a defence for licensees and responsible persons, if the employee who is
charged with serving an intoxicated person, exercised proper care to prevent
the sale or supply of liquor in contravention of the provision.
Currently, licensees can refuse entry to or remove a person from the premises
if the person is drunk or behaving in an offensive or disorderly manner. Under the
new law licensees can remove a person if:
The person has supplied liquor, or is about to supply liquor, to a person who
is intoxicated or a person whose speech, balance, coordination or behaviour is
noticeably impaired and it is reasonable to believe that the impairment is
the result of liquor consumption; or
It is reasonable to suspect the person has supplied liquor, or is about to
supply liquor, to an intoxicated person.
Click here to download a copy of the Intoxication Guidelines.
Intoxication Guidelines - Information for Patrons.
Intoxication Guidelines - Information for Bar Staff.