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LSA NSW SAYS IT IS "TIME
TO EXTINGUISH THE PRE-
The Liquor Stores Association New South Wales (LSA
NSW) has said that use of the terms "pre-loading"
and "pre-fuelling" has become emotive and fails to
distinguish between 'normal' social behaviour and
Although the terms are generally used when a person
excessively consumes alcohol beverages before going
out to a licensed venue they can relate to a simple pre-
dinner drink at home or in another venue.
LSA NSW executive director Michael Waters said:
"What is a normal part of Australian life has been
twisted by the neo-temperance movement to assert that
alcohol consumption in Australia is out of control. They
use extreme examples as the need for even greater
regulation to roll back a so called 'toxic drinking culture'.
"Not all pre-drinking occurs in the home prior to
going out -- it's people venue hopping between licensed
premises, it's the office knock-off drink before going
home to open a bottle of wine over dinner with your
partner, it's treating yourself to a drink on the plane
before arriving to celebrate your mate's wedding -- it's
these things and more.
"The vast majority of individuals exercise their
personal choice to drink in moderation, and are capable
of enjoying a pre-dinner drink or a drink with friends
before going out without causing harm to themselves
or others, yet this normal socially acceptable behaviour
is often inappropriately considered as pre-loading -- the
public health lobby and neo-temperance movement
constantly downplay this 'inconvenient truth', seeking
to demonise any alcohol consumption, not just
irresponsible or excessive consumption.
"Australians shouldn't be treated as children who
cannot think for themselves. They know that our bars,
clubs, restaurants and nightclubs all expect very high
standards of behaviour prior to entry. What would be
the point of expecting to enjoy a good night out with
friends only to be turned away due to intoxication at the
door on arrival?"
Waters also highlighted that despite the terms being
widely used in the media, very little research has been
carried out on this behaviour in Australia. The 2013
National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund study
'Patron Offending and Intoxication in the Night-Time
Entertainment Districts' reported that 61 per cent pre-drank
because of 'price' as the motivator, 22.4 per cent for
social reasons, while just 7.3 per cent nominated 'getting
intoxicated before going out' as the reason for pre-drinking.
The retail liquor industry like the community supports
a targeted approach from police and greater penalties for
anyone who goes out with the intent of inflicting harm on
others. It's also why our industry supported the removal
of consumption of alcohol beverages as an excuse for
criminal and anti-social behaviour in NSW.
"It's confusing and disappointing that the City of
Sydney, in their submission to the current Callinan
Liquor Law Review, are quite happy for restrictions on
other liquor licences to be relaxed, but advocate for the
10pm closing time for bottle shops and liquor stores
to remain in place due to 'pre-fuelling', when they
have not provided one drop of evidence to support this
Waters added, the LSA NSW made its submission
to the Callinan Review, which is looking into the 2014
liquor laws introduced in New South Wales and; the
review's findings are due to be published in August.
The latest analysis from Roy Morgan
Research has broken down which
alcoholic beverages Australians 18
years and over are drinking in a
four-week period per 100 glasses.
While a separate Roy Morgan
study recently found that more
Australian adults prefer wine over
beer, the volume of beer consumed
is almost double that of wine.
It found that in any given four-
week period in 2015, 45.1 per cent
of the population drank wine, while
37.6 per cent of the population drank
beer. Wine has become the nation's
most popular alcoholic beverage.
However, in terms of volume,
beer was by far the most consumed
alcoholic beverage in the country in
2015, with data suggesting that beer
made up 48 glasses out of every
100 glasses of alcohol consumed in
any given four-week period.
This figure is almost double that
of still wine, which was the next
most consumed beverage, making
up 25 out of every 100 glasses of
The rest of the average
Australian alcohol consumption
was made up of 11 glasses of
spirits, six glasses of RTDs, four
of sparkling wine or Champagne,
and three glasses of cider.
Completing the breakdown were
liqueurs and fortified wines, with
an average of two and one glasses
being drunk in a four-week period
The figures vary when split into
different age groups. For the 65+
age group, wine (still, sparkling and
fortified), is the most consumed
beverage, at 48 glasses out of every
100. For the 18-24 demographic,
beer remains dominant, at 50
glasses per 100, but the ratio for
spirits and RTDs increases, with 16
glasses for both categories.
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