Definition of ‘unduly intoxicated’


In recent CALM meetings across there region there has been a great deal of discussion around the changes to the Liquor Act legislation and in particular the new definition of ‘unduley intoxicated’ and what that means for licensed premises, staff and patrons.  For this reason we have taken the following directly from the State Governments website :

Definition of ‘unduly intoxicated’

Intoxication can now be the result of the consumption of liquor, drugs or another intoxicating substance. The definition has also been clarified in terms of the indication of undue intoxication.

A person is now considered unduly intoxicated if:

  • the person’s speech, balance, coordination or behaviour is noticeably affected; and
  • there are reasonable grounds for believing the affected speech, balance, coordination or behaviour is the result of the consumption of liquor, drugs or another intoxicating substance.

At all times licensees and staff must follow the existing requirements to not serve, supply to or allow the consumption of alcohol by an unduly intoxicated or disorderly person.

Information can be obtained by visiting the State Government’s website:

Whilst visiting the site, you may l ike to explore further topics about the Safe Night Out Strategy including:

  1. Overview of Safe Night Out Strategy for liquor licensees
  2. Safe Night Precincts
  3. Changes to liquor licences and permits
  4. Use of ID scanners in licensed venues
  5. Banning notices and orders
  6. Changes to Liquor Act definitions
  7. Unreasonable noise on licensed premises
  8. Changes to risk-assessed management plans (RAMPs)
  9. Liquor licensees and use of CCTV
  10. Responsible service, supply and promotion of liquor and ‘preserving amenity’
  11. Safe Night Out Strategy mystery shopper trial
  12. Penalty increases for patrons of licensed premises


Read the Safe Night Out Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (PDF, 762KB).

Read the Liquor Act 1992 (PDF, 1.2MB).

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The CALM (Collaborative Approach to Liquor Management) Sunshine Coast Liquor Accord sets clear standards and guidelines that are applied in conjunction with Responsible Service of Alcohol Code of Practice.

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