Over the next month or two we’ll be out and about in some well-deserved warmer weather so we enjoying our amazing landscape. Whether it’s a Halloween Party or a day at the beach, alcohol can become far more prevalent and the misuse of it can cause a myriad of problems in our community.
If you're having a party you want to have fun, but you'll want to avoid trouble as well. As a host it is your responsibility to make sure drinking doesn't get out of hand and your party doesn't get out of control.
Some key things to consider are the provision and promotion of food, ensuring that low and non-alcoholic beverages are also on offer and providing information on safe transport options for those drinking.
Alcohol can be served to young people under 18 at a private party if they have express consent from a parent or guardian and it is served in a safe and responsible manner. Express consent is such that it leaves the adult in no doubt that they can supply alcohol in a responsible manner. If these conditions are not met, the person supplying the alcohol can be fined up to $2000.
If you are planning to host a party, especially one that could attract a lot of people, there are a number of things you can do to prevent it getting out of control.
• Tell Police (ask for your district Alcohol Harm Prevention Officer) your plans – they can help with crime prevention and safety advice
• Don't announce your party by way of social media or bulk texting. You could easily end up with unwanted guests.
• Plan what you will do with any gate crashers.
• Only invite people you know will be sensible and not cause trouble.
• Tell neighbours what you are planning.
• If drinking becomes excessive or starts to get out of hand, call the police before it escalates out-of-control.
Adult supervision is critical at teenage parties. Make sure it is visible but not intrusive. For example, the teenagers could be in the garage while the adults are in the lounge. You could get all the guests to come through the front door first so that you know who is there. To prevent gatecrashers, some parents hire security staff or ask a responsible and sober adult relative to deal with uninvited guests. Set a finish time for the party and have a group of adults work together to wind it up – this can involve other parents coming to pick up their own kids.
We’re all looking forward to some fun in the sun and the warmer weather, let’s work together to ensure our loved ones are safe and use alcohol responsibly.