Alcohol and Drugs
Mixing alcohol and other drugs together can lead to serious physical, behavioral and health complications. Not only can drinking and drugs increase the effects of each substance, it can also trigger dangerous interactions such as:
- Violent crime, assault, family violence;
- Sexual assault
- Child abuse and neglect;
- Fatal and non-fatal overdose
- Drink and drug driving
- Disturbances, public intoxication, anti-social behavior, vandalism, property damage
- Drug possession.
Any person convicted of a drug offence will receive a criminal record and this can lead to difficulties in getting a job or an overseas visa.
Work health and safety duties
All workers have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and ensure they don’t adversely affect that of others. This means they must be fit and well enough to do their job, not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or use alcohol or illegal drugs while at work.
It is illegal to possess illicit or dangerous drugs, such as:
The impacts of illicit drug use in the community include premature death, crime, mental health disorders, transmission of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne viruses.
Drinking in a public place
It is an offence for persons of any age to drink in public, such as on the street, seawall, village malae, public transport, commercial vehicles and public car parks.
What is required to purchase alcohol?
Proof of age (Night clubs, bars/restaurants or resorts). There are only two acceptable forms of photo ID
- Driver’s license
Tips for Alcohol Safety
- Designate a sober driver.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Eat foods high in protein and fat.
- Set a limit and stick to it! Know when you’ve had enough.
- Avoid beer bongs, chugging, and drinking games.
- Alternate alcoholic beverages with water, and be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
- Pace yourself. Drink slower and eat in between alcohol drinks. It takes the body 60-90 minutes to fully feel the effects of alcohol on a full stomach.
- Never leave your drinks unattended or accept an open beverage from anyone in case it is Poisoned.