Alcohol

Introduction

This page is for health professionals about alcohol legislation, management and resources.

For general information on alcohol, drugs and tobacco go to the Northern Territory Government website.

NT Alcohol Action Plan

The NT Alcohol Action Plan is the NT Government’s overarching policy on alcohol.

It provides strategies and goals for the government, individual agencies, community interest groups and industry to tackle the problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption.

This whole-of-community Alcohol Action Plan has been developed to enable partnerships and collaborations, however government will have a lead role, with all agencies expected to commit to and report on activities contained in the plan.

Alcohol Substitution Products

Legislation

There are two pieces of legislation that aim to minimise the harms from alcohol consumption in the NT.

Resources

DescriptionLocation
The Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN) contains quality online alcohol and drug information from Australia and internationally. Go to the ADIN website

Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.

National Health and Medical Research Council website

The Department of Veterans' Affairs The Right Mix website.

The Right Mix website
NT Department of Health information sheets on alcohol pharmacotherapies.

Alcohol Pharmacotherapies

Primary Health Care Framework

Naltrexone & Acamprosate To Assist Dependent Drinkers Maintain Abstinence


Takeaway alcohol sales and restrictions by localities


Banned drinker register (BDR)

Since 1 September 2017 all Territorians and visitors to the Northern Territory wanting to buy takeaway alcohol need to show photo ID for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR).

The BDR identifies people who are banned from purchasing takeaway alcohol and stops their purchase.

It assists in reducing alcohol-related harm to individuals, families and the community.

Go to www.takeawayalcohol.nt.gov.au for sales and restrictions information.

BDR Online Course through Mylearning

This course is designed to build knowledge and understanding regarding the Banned Drinker Register, including processes and legislation.

This course is available to everyone including non departmental staff.

Go to Mylearning website access BDR online Course. Type BDR in the search box.

This course is free and it take up to 15 minutes to complete.

  • Complete the Quiz
  • Complete the Evaluation
  • And you can get your certificate

How the register will help

A range of therapeutic support options are in place so people who are placed on the register can get the help and support they need to deal with alcohol misuse.

For people with a ban of six months or more, an assessment is offered and a specialist clinician can recommend the best form of therapeutic support.

People who are on a shorter ban can also request an assessment.

If a person with a ban of 6 months or more completes a recommended therapeutic support program, their ban may be reduced.

Treatment is not compulsory. It is up to the person to decide whether they need and want help to address their drinking problem.

Who this will help

The effects of alcohol misuse are often felt by the most vulnerable in our community, such as children and families subject to domestic violence.

The objective of the BDR is to reduce the harm to individuals, families and the wider community caused by alcohol misuse, and to reduce anti-social behaviour.

How ban decisions will be made

The Banned Drinker Register Registrar will make decisions about whether to issue a banned drinker order and place a person onto the register.

The Registrar will make this decision if requested by various authorised persons, family members, carers or through self-referral.

The Registrar will also decide whether a person’s ban should be reduced if they engage in their therapeutic support plan and, if they are a welfare recipient, whether they should be referred for income management as a result of repeated breaches of their banned drinker order.

How the BDR works

  • The BDR is one of the tools to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our community, and it aims to reduce health-related harms associated with alcohol misuse by encouraging and supporting people to access help.
  • The BDR offers therapeutic support rather than punishing people who have a drinking problem.
  • The BDR  has more pathways for a person to be placed onto it.
  • A person may get placed on the BDR  through referral by:
    • Registered nurses, Doctors, AHPRA psychologists, psychiatrists, physiotherapists and Paramedics
    • Child protection workers, Social workers, sobering up shelter Team Leaders
    • Public Housing Safety Officers, Aboriginal Health Workers (AHW), Australian Counselling Association Level 4 Counsellors
    • By family members and carers worried about the persons harmful drinking
    • Police and the Courts.

Please see the below Fact Sheets for more information.

Process evaluation report

Monthly report

Printable resources:

Forms

Factsheets

BDR in language

Contact

Find out more about how the changes to who can buy takeaway alcohol affect you or email banneddrinkerregister.doh@nt.gov.au.

  • BDR Registrar: phone 1800 237 226 between 8:00am to 4:21pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
  • BDR Technical Helpdesk (for licensed premises): phone 1800 786 099. This is a 24/7 hotline.

Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review

Go to www.alcoholreview.nt.gov.au for information about alcohol policies and legislation review.

Key NT Alcohol Harm Minimisation Publications

    On 22 August 2018 amendments to the Northern Territory Liquor Act 1978 (the Act) were passed in the NT Legislative Assembly, introducing a minimum alcohol unit price MUP, commonly referred to as a minimum floor price. On 1 October 2018 the MUP was set at $1.30 per standard drink contained in the alcohol product, where the meaning of 'a standard drink is the volume of a liquor product that contains 10g of ethyl alcohol when measured at 20°C'. The legislative amendment prohibits selling alcohol below the price of $1.30 per standard drink (as compared to the $1.50 recommended by the Riley Review), and imposes the minimum price as an automatic condition of a liquor licence. For more information about the MUP, go to the NT Alcohol Policies and Legislation Reform website.
    First evaluation of the MUP: With a consortium of highly skilled researchers from around Australia, Deakin University's Centre for Drug use, Addictive and Anti-social behaviour Research (CEDAAR) has led the investigation of the impacts of the introduction of the alcohol minimum unit price in the NT.

For more publications, go to the NT Alcohol Policies and Legislation Reform website.