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It's important not to sell alcohol to someone who appears to be drunk

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Under the provisions of the 2003 Act, anyone working in licensed premises must not allow disorderly conduct or sell alcohol to someone who is already drunk.

With the current Government initiative on binge drinking, it is the second point which tends to attract the attention of the enforcement officials. Licensees and staff must be aware that they face criminal proceedings and fines if found guilty of selling alcohol to people who are already drunk. Operators must train their staff in this area, keep records of refusals and take any due diligence precautions possible.