About forty members of the Harbourside North Liquor Accord have attended a workshop to learn how to reduce the risk of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and violence on their premises.

NSW Gaming and Racing Minister, Kevin Greene, said the RSA on the Frontline workshop for local pubs, clubs, restaurants and bottleshops was a success.

“Prevention is the best cure and that’s why we are working with local licensed venues to stop alcohol-related problems from occurring in the first place,” Greene said.

“We know that improved RSA practices make licensed venues and surrounding streets safer for everybody.

“This workshop will help frontline bar and security staff to ensure the responsible service and consumption of alcohol with practical advice from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR), part of Communities NSW.”

More than 4600 venue workers have so far attended these workshops across the State, with 91 per cent saying they will apply what they have learned to their jobs.

“Educating bar and security workers encourages best practices in NSW pubs and clubs to keep people, venues and precincts safe,” Greene said.

“This workshop teaches venues to reduce risks by restricting products like high-alcohol Ready-to-Drink beverages and shots, handing out free bottles of water to drinkers, offering discount soft drinks and food, and limiting orders to four drinks per person.”

Bar and security workers are also taught practical tips to help them assess patrons with techniques to minimise conflict when refusing service or ejecting somebody.

The Shout Team

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