Alcohol Law In Australia
Alcohol law in Australia is very well –defined and they impose some limitations on manufacture, sale, promotion, and consumption of the alcohol. In Australia the alcohol is considered a legal drug. However, the laws largely vary between the territories and states across Australia.
General Alcohol Laws
The retail sale of alcohol is restricted by the license which is issued by the liquid licensing authority operating in the territory or state where the sale is progressing. The import of alcohol into Australia is controlled and managed by Federal Government. The Federal Government levies certain taxes on alcohol manufacture within Australia or their import from foreign countries.
The minimum legal drinking age is fixed as 18 years and it is considered illegal for the person below this age to buy or drink alcohol in the licensed premises. But this law is not strictly followed in all territories because some states allow the minors to buy and consume alcohol in private premises under the supervision of adults. However, until 1974, most of the states and territories across Australia followed a legal drinking age of 21 years. In 2008, the Senate Community Affairs Committee suggested to the government that the drinking age should be raised to 21 years because after 21 the brain is well-equipped to brave the toxins released by alcohols and drugs.
Also, throughout Australia you will come across several dry zones which are actually created by the local government owing to the prior issues of violence due to severe alcohol consumption in that particular zone. Actually the parks and other private gardens are declared as dry zones and sometimes the local councils also restrict the alcohol consumption on footpaths, streets, and hiking trails by declaring them as dry zones.
The Australian alcohol laws strongly prohibit the practice of drink driving. It is considered as illegal throughout Australia to drive under the influence of alcohol and drug. This offence is well-defined under the Road Traffic Act 1961. A person can be heftily fined if he or she has following levels of BAC in their blood:
- 0.05% - Licence holders and Boat Operators
However, the drivers of the taxis, or buses carrying heavy vehicles, dangerous goods, learners or probationary drivers and unlicensed drivers should not have any trace of liquor in their blood.
The commercial drivers are limited with 0.02 % BAC during work hours.
The alcohol laws in Australia strongly grip the offenders by awarding them:
- A fine
- Cancellation of drivers license forever
- Demerit points
- Or a prison term
In addition to this, offenders may be convicted as criminals and are also made to attend the driver intervention program.
Since May 1, 2009, any body found with:
- BAC of 0.08-0.149 would have to part with their license for about 6 months.
- BAC of 0.15 or more would have to part with their license for about an year.
- BAC of 0.05-0.079 will loss their license for ever.
The alcohol laws met out harsh punishments to those who refuse to provide the breath sample or refuse to go to hospital after a car crash. These type of offenders may have to part with their license for about an year.
If you plan to visit Australia in future and go on a drinking binge with your pals then you need to be well –accustomed with the alcohol law in Australia.
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