On 1 July 2016 the new Queensland lockout and alcohol consumption laws commenced.
If you have not already experienced the changes to the Liquor Act yourself at your favorite nightclub or bar you will soon notice that you will not be able to buy any drinks after 2am, or 3am if you are in what the Liquor Regulation refers to as the Safe Night Precinct.
You will also notice that after 12am you cannot buy rapid intoxication drinks:-
- any shots (shooters, bomb, blaster or testtubes);
- a drink with more than 45ml of spirits or liqueur;
- a jelly shot;
- pre-mixed drink with an alcohol volume of more than 5%; or
- or cocktails with more than 2 standard drinks.
There are some exceptions to the purchase of cocktails in that the restrictive laws do not apply for a cocktail that is listed on a cocktail menu, has the price listed on the menu, is sold at the list price, and is not designed to be consumed rapidly.
Right now the lock out laws in Queensland apply from 3am. On 1 February 2017 the lock out time will be at the earlier time of 1:00am meaning that if you leave a venue after 1am, you will not be permitted to re-enter the venue.
With the ban on the sale of shots, cocktails and premixed drinks after 12am, and the earlier lock out time in the new future, you will find that there are a lot more intoxicated people on the streets in the earlier hours of the morning.
Interestingly enough, the lock our and drinking restrictions do not apply to Casinos (holding a commercial special facility license) if they have an approved application for extended trading hours which will allow them to trade until 5am. The lock our provisions also do not apply on New Year’s Day.
If you have any enquiries about the liquor law or have been charged with an alcohol related offence, Mr Joshua Brown of McNamara & Associates would be happy to assist (Ph (07) 3812 2300).