Alcohol is responsible for more than 1 in 10 deaths of people aged 20-39, and more than 5% of all deaths.
Regulating and restricting the availability of alcohol is an important way to reduce harm from alcohol.1
What we are doing about it
The Northern NSW Local Health District Health Promotion unit looks at alcohol licence submissions in our area, which includes the Ballina, Byron, Clarence, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas.
When we believe that a licence application will impact on community well-being, we submit a response to the application to Liquor and Gaming NSW. Liquor and Gaming NSW are responsible for deciding if an alcohol licence application will be approved.
In our response to a liquor licence application we outline why we think the application is a problem. We base our response on evidence about what type of alcohol licences are most likely to impact community well-being. For example, the Liquor and Gaming LiveData website can be searched by postcode or local government area for information on:
- alcohol outlet density
- alcohol related crime
- community profiles and maps
This information is helpful in understanding existing alcohol related harm in the community and for providing feedback on alcohol license submissions.
What you can do about it
Understand the impact of alcohol in your community
Explore Liquor and Gaming LiveData to better understand the impact of alcohol in your community.