Drunk patrons in licensed premises
It is illegal to sell or supply alcohol to a drunk person in a licensed premise.
It is your responsibility as the licensee to prove the patron was not drunk at the time of sale.
If you have reasonable grounds to suspect a patron is drunk, you or an employee must exclude or remove them from your premises.
How to identify a drunk person
A person who displays one or more of the below behaviours may be drunk:
- spilling drinks
- rambling conversation or slurred speech
- annoying other customers and employees
- swaying or dozing while sitting
- becoming loud or boisterous
- crude, aggressive or belligerent behaviour
- inappropriate sexual advances
- becoming careless with money
- bumping into or knocking over furniture
- inability to light a cigarette or letting a cigarette burn in an ashtray
- glassy eyes, lack of eye focus, loss of eye contact.
Last updated: 20 September 2019