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These Intoxication Guidelines are issued pursuant to section 3AB (2) of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act) and provide information about how to determine if a person is in a state of intoxication for the purposes of the Act, the Casino Control Act 1991 and the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.
The Act states it is an offence for a licensee or permittee to supply liquor to a person who is in a state of intoxication. See Serving intoxicated patrons.
Consider whether the person is displaying one or more of the signs of intoxication outlined in the table below and; whether this is the result of the consumption of liquor, by taking into account information, such as:
Signs of intoxication may include the following:
Sometimes physical and mental disabilities exhibit some of the same signs and symptoms as alcohol intoxication. You should consider the possibility of the existence of any conditions prior to refusing service on the basis that a person is intoxicated.
Intoxication is defined in Section 3AB (1) of the Act:
"For the purposes of this Act, a person is in a state of intoxication if his or her speech, balance, coordination or behaviour is noticeably affected and there are reasonable grounds for believing that this is the result of the consumption of liquor."