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Drinkers encouraged to choose mid-strength

Wednesday, 25th March, 2009

The Broken Hill Liquor Accord is encouraging drinkers to stick with mid-strength beer after a day at the races. Saturday's St Pat's Race Meeting will not serve full-strength beer or spirits with an alcohol content higher than four per cent, although wine and champagne will be served.

The Liquor Accord, which includes publicans and police representatives, has recommended to members that mid-strength beer be promoted to punters over the St Pats weekend. Accord President Karen Howe said the decision was reached at a meeting last Tuesday. "What we've done, as a risk management tool, is recommend that mid-strength be sold as the drink of choice," she said.

"It aims to promote better behaviour and less intoxication on behalf of people who, in some cases, may have been drinking since midday." Ms Howe said licencees had few problems on St Pat's night last year, which they attributed to a focus on mid-strength and light beer at the meeting.

She added that, in the current quiet economy, more businesses could benefit if drinkers were able to stay out longer before drinking their fill.

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