POLICY

Policy
Belmont Sporties, in the best interest of its members, guests and the community promotes:

THE RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL 

Responsible serving of alcohol is vital for legal, health and community reasons. Our society is now less tolerant of the irresponsible use of alcohol that leads to drunkenness, drunk driving and underage drinking. We are now far more aware of the serious social problems that are associated with such behavior.

Belmont Sporties has adopted the following strategies for the Responsible Service of Alcohol:
  1. House policy providing the framework for the responsible serving of alcohol.
  2. Training of staff so that they can implement and promote the house policy.
  3. Education of patrons so that they understand the implications of and abide by the responsible service of alcohol policy.
  4. Prevention of underage drinking
  5. Promotion of safe transport options
Belmont Sportsman's Club will effect these strategies by:
  1. Implementation, monitoring and modification on an on-going basis of the Club's house policy.
  2. Preventing underage drinking by insisting on "proof of age" by requesting a driver's license, passport or "proof of age card" issued by the NSW Roads & Traffic Authority.
  3. Preventing intoxication by recognising the signs of intoxication and avoiding serving anyone to the point of intoxication. We will deny entry or service to anyone who is already intoxicated.
  4. Managing intoxication, anti-social or disruptive patrons by attempting to discourage them from becoming involved in activities which can harm themselves or others.
  5. Promoting the service of non-alcoholic beverages and food.

ALCOHOL AND THE LAW

In NSW, various Acts control the sale and service of alcohol. There are four basic points which are relevant to Responsible Serving Practices:
  1. A person shall not sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years.
  2. A licensee shall not permit intoxication or any indecent, violent or quarrelsome conduct on their licensed premises.
  3. A person shall not sell or supply any liquor to any person who is at the time in a state of intoxication.
  4. Where a person is intoxicated on the licensed premises, the licensee shall be deemed to have permitted intoxication on the premises unless they and their employees took all reasonable steps to prevent intoxication on the licensed premises.
Our responsible serving practices aim to:
  • prevent underage drinking
  • prevent or manage intoxication and intoxicated behaviour
  • prevent or manage violent or disruptive behaviour
  • prevent drinking and driving
PREVENTING UNDERAGE DRINKING
It is the responsibility of every staff member at Belmont Sporties to ensure that we are not breaking the law by allowing underage drinking on our premises. The only proof of age we will accept are photo driver's license, R.T.A. card or passport.
PREVENTING INTOXICATION
By law, it is an offence to sell or supply any liquor to any person who is at that time in a state of intoxication. (The state of intoxication can be described as a state in which through intoxicating liquor a person has severely lost the normal control of his/her bodily and mental faculties).

Belmont Sportsman's Club will ensure that we prevent intoxication by:
  • actively marketing low or non-alcoholic drinks through pricing and promotion
  • encouraging customers to have non-alcoholic drinks in between rounds
  • promoting food sales
  • refusal of service
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