This report examines the problem of underage drinking in Australia. This topic was chosen because underage drinking is one of many legal issues facing Australian society. Teenagers, often between the ages of 12 and 17, have come to the point of thinking that under-age binge drinking is ‘cool’ and tolerable in our society, but Australian law begs to differ. The aim of this report is to investigate the controversy of under-age drinking and Queensland’s legislation such as the Liquor Act 1992. A minor is a person under 18 years of age. Under the Liquor Act 1992, a minor is not permitted to be on licensed premises including bottle shops except when in company of adults. Majority of teenagers prefer pre-mixed alcohol; because of that producers will advertise it more. Recently the price of pre-mixed drinks went up to try and lower the underage drinking rate. This has led to teenagers drinking straight spirits such as rum, whiskey and vodka. The prevalence of underage drinking has our Government thinking of methods of lowering under-age drinking rates. Furthermore, after analysing the stakeholders and relevant case studies, both sides of the issue will be taken into consideration for both sides to help in making recommendations for ways to lower the underage drinking rates. Many young Australians are drinking to excess, placing themselves at risk of short and long-term harm. After tobacco, alcohol is the second biggest contributor to drug-related problems in Australia. In this report I will do a research on the severity of underage drinking in Australia, and give a few suggestions that I think will help lower the rate of binge drinking in Australia.
Main stakeholders in this case are:-
i. Alcohol manufacturers
ii. Nightclubs, Hotels
iv. Consumers- underage drinkers
Alcohol producers make a huge profit each year from underage drinkers. The Queensland Government is obligated to deal with underage drinking as there is an increase of complaints as underage binge drinking rates rise and minors continuously ignore laws. It is up to the Government to create legislation to decrease the rates and see less underage drinkers. Advertising campaigns have been designed and run at the Government’s expense to give minors an insight into the possible harm of binge drinking. Adults are bound by law to not serve any underage persons alcohol in public. They are responsible when their child and child’s friends are consuming alcohol in their presence. When a minor is charged with underage drinking, their parents will also pay fines as well. *see case law on appendix 2
The Queensland Government has to arbitrate and create new legislation to lower underage drinking rates and also death rates. All of the above stakeholders are affected everyday by underage drinking and the adverse issues that derive from it.
The Queensland Law of Underage Drinking:
Underage drinking is a legislation concerning minors. If you are under 18 years of age, it is against the law for you to buy alcohol. It is also against the law for anyone to sell you alcohol. In Queensland if you are caught buying alcohol and you are under 18, you can: * Be given a warning
* Be given a formal caution
* Be fined on the spot($225)
* Bring the matter to court
It is up to the police to decide whether to give you a warning or a formal caution. If the police decide to fine you, then you can either choose to pay, or take the matter to court. The person selling you alcohol can be fined heavily. Licensed premises (pubs, bars and clubs) are required to ask you to show proof of age (ID’s, driver’s license or passports). Minors are allowed to drink privately at home or on a private property, but in the company of adults. In NSW, laws regulate the sale, consumption and provision of alcohol to people under the age of 18 years (minors). These laws are covered by the Liquor Act 2007 and the Summary...
Bibliography: 1. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-09-24/tribunal-erred-in-law-in-underage-drinking-case/1439974
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