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The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is the independent statutory authority that regulates Victoria's gambling and liquor industries.

Our vision is that Victorians and visitors enjoy safe and responsible gambling and liquor environments.
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Does your venue promote free drinking water?

Image shows water being poured into glass to gain readers attention and raise awareness of water promotion in licensed premises

New research from VicHealth shows that patrons drinking more water at licensed venues makes it a safer and more enjoyable work environment for staff.

In Victoria, all licensed premises are required by law to provide free drinking water to patrons.

In early 2017, VicHealth partnered with a hand full of Victorian licensed premises to conduct a trial to measure how often patrons use free drinking water and how to increase uptake.

 Results of the trial found that:

  • all staff interviewed agreed that when patrons drink more water the venue is a safer and more enjoyable work environment
  • there are no negative impacts on sales of alcohol, soft drinks or bottled water as a result of the provision of free drinking water.
  • the promotion of free water helps to increase average water consumption per patron.

The trial also uncovered that in general very few patrons currently drink water in licensed premises.

What can licensees do to change this?

Licensees can encourage the uptake of free drinking water by making simple changes to how water is provided.

The study found that tactics such as having an attractive water dispenser and promoting free water throughout the premises can encourage patrons to drink more water.

To find out more about the trial and what your venue can do to promote free drinking water, visit the Free water for patrons page of our website.

Article last modified 
17 May 2018