Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) Can Be Applied in Your Home!

Summer in Australia brings the promise of long hot days relaxing and enjoying one of this nations favourite pastimes – the backyard barbecue. But the Sunday barbie has come a long way since the 1960’s and 70’s when it was enough to have burnt chops and sausages on a rusty grill a fire and some beers in an esky.


These days outdoor entertaining is plush, with sophisticated gas stoves a full outdoor bar and fridge. Which all add up to endless hours of entertaining.


But what happens when things get out of hand and that mate – there is always one – who goes to far and gets way too drunk?


As the homeowner, and host of the party you have a responsibility to not only make sure your guests have a good time at your place, but are safe and able to get home without mishap or accident.


Three ways to make sure your guests don’t go too far:


1) Hydration

Make sure there is not only plenty of food but also water available. Encourage guests to have a wine or beer glass as well as a water glass on hand. The hotter the day, the more important this is.


2) Moderation

If you are serving spirits, keep an eye on the ratio of alcohol to mixers – more spirits are not necessarily better – and as it gets later, put less rather than more in.

Light beer, non-alcoholic wine and punches are also good options to have on hand.


3) Plan B

And if things do get out of hand, discreetly confiscate car-keys. If you know your mate is over the limit, you can convince them that the keys are lost but there is a bed -and you’ll help to find them in the morning.

Call a taxi or organise a mini-bus to take people home – this has the added bonus of being able to end the party at a certain time!


The responsible service of alcohol is not confined to licensed venues – everyone has a responsibility to moderate the amount drunk and to help those who’ve had too much stay safe.


Edway Training runs RSA training in Sydney and Melbourne. Please click the location for RSA schedules and booking information.