The advantages of undergoing training courses in responsible service of alcohol are bringing many benefits to licensed venues. According to a recent report released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, RSA licensed staff of establishments serving liquor was more responsible in their service and less likely to allow youngsters to consume acute levels of alcohol.
A survey conducted with over 2,500 young adults in 2002, 2006 and recently in 2011 revealed positive trends in alcohol service around New South Wales. The participants were asked numerous questions on their drinking habits in licensed venues. The respondents were then filtered out based on premises that served alcohol beyond the acute risk limit. They were also asked to indicate their behavioural signs of intoxication like slurred speech, loss of coordination, spilling of drinks, loud behaviour, quarrelsome attitude, and falling over.
About 60% of the respondents admitted that they had in fact consumed dangerous levels of alcohol in public as opposed to 66% in 2006. The weekly rate of drinking in excess has also significantly reduced from 25.1% to 20.2%. The vigilance of staff trained in RSA courses also showed significant improvement. The number of patrons identified with signs of intoxication increased from 10% in 2002 and 15% in 2006 to 19% last year.