Blog: Olly WehringA ban on drinking at home – is this the last straw?

Olly Wehring | 6 May 2008

It seems Big Brother could well and truly be looking over your shoulder if you live in Australia when a new law comes into force banning you from drinking a glass of wine in your own home.

The extreme new liquor law will create “no-go” alcohol zones in New South Wales, and is expected to be implemented in around ten weeks time.

Drinking hotspots across the state could soon be classed as “restricted alcohol areas” for up to three years, which will apply to the sale of alcohol as well as possession and consumption, whether on licensed premises or not.

Gone will be the days of a large glass of red wine to help you unwind at the end of a hard day and no more will “tinnies” be present at barbies if the ban is slapped on your town.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, teetotaller Gaming Minister Graham West said the bans will only be implemented if requested by a broad section of the community and will not be government enforced.

He said they would be decided on a case-by-case basis and developed specifically for the area.

So if you live in an area well known for “chronic alcohol abuse’’ then it could be slapped with a range of restrictions.

West said it was “new territory’’ and it was still undecided as to what penalties might be imposed if someone was caught with alcohol in a banned zone.

Although the new law could be seen as penalising those who are sensible with their drinking habits, on the flip side, it could see the beginning of an end to the serious problem of drink driving and have a dramatic impact on the reduction of crime, surely making the area more appealing to live in.

Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia’s Paul Dillon told the Telegraph it was a “radical solution for a serious problem,” and although initially only a trial, it certainly has the potential to be rolled out globally.


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