Call for ban on lager louts Down Under

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London, Nov 2 : Australia's drinking culture will face new curbs, courtesy a surge in alcohol-fuelled violence.

Looking at 21,000 recorded incidents in the past year in the state of New South Wales alone, licensing chiefs now want to call time on the all-night party in a bid to cut bad hangover risks, reports the Telegraph.

After being bombarded with calls from the public for better regulation of the alcohol industry, state premier Nathan Rees declared a freeze on 24-hour licences and a raft of other measures to reign in binge drinking.

Under the new regulations, the state's 48 worst-offending venues will be subject to new controls on how much alcohol they serve and how they serve it.

The new rules simply stipulate that as of midnight, pubs cannot serve neat spirit shots and must use drinking vessels made from an unbreakable plastic.

From Dec 1, the sprawling "super-pubs", notorious for brawls inside and out, will also be forced to close their bars for ten minutes of every hour after midnight.

No customers will be allowed in after 2am, in a bid to end the drunken merry-go round between pubs that can extend into the early hours, and which has been blamed for the worst of the violence.

Rees said that the new laws would herald a 'new era for drinking in NSW'.

He said that the objective of the new laws is not 'ending the good times', but 'stopping drunken behaviour that ends in violence.'

ANI

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