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Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary



Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary

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Tabled Paper 633


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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* Transfer from the Liquor Commission to the Magistrates Courts the power to issue an order banning a person from obtaining liquor or entering licensed premises/ with it being a presumption capable of rebuttal that a person is a habitual drunk if taken into protective custody three times in the preceding six months; and provide for a system of advice to licensees on the identity of persons subject to such an order. * Amend penalties for drink driving so that a first conviction with a blood alcohol level below 0.15 per cent carries a requirement to undertake a counselling program on alcohol/ and to satisfy an examiner that the information has been retained prior to a licence being reissued. * Ensure that second and subsequent drink driving offenders, or those with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 per cent or more, or those who refuse a blood alcohol test, have their licences suspended immediately upon apprehension (subject to an appeal provision); on conviction such offenders will have to undertake an appropriate program or treatment at their own cost before their licence may be reinstated. * Introduce an indefinite licence suspension for second and subsequent offences with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 per cent or more, with the proviso that offenders may reapply for a licence after a minimum suspension of five years; these provisions also apply to heavy vehide or commercial passenger licences where die holder commits an offence with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 per cent while driving such a vehide. * Create an offence for wrongful representation of age by a minor on licensed premises. Treatment and Rehabilitation Treatment and rehabilitation for problem drinkers is a vital plank in the strategy, and a substantial portion of funds raised through the "Living With Alcohol Trust Fund will be devoted to substantially expanding services offered by Government and non-govemment agendes in this area. While final outcomes will be determined in consultation with the agendes involved, services which may be considered for additional funding in this regard indude: * Early or minimal intervention programs, to detect signs of alcohol misuse before full-scale treatment becomes necessary, to make "at risk" users aware of the dangers they face, and to encourage a change in behaviour. * Spedalist assessment - medical and psychological services necessary for clinical assessments, inducting assessments for court systems.