Alcohol is widely used and enjoyed by Western Australians and can
form part of an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. In fact, low-risk
levels of alcohol drinking can provide some health benefits for
middle-aged and older people. However drinking in excess of low-risk
drinking levels can have harmful effects on people’s health.
Alcohol consumption after exercise can lead to poor recovery and slow
repair of injuries, because of dehydration and increased swelling and
bleeding of injuries.
Sports Medicine Australia (WA Branch)
Sports Medicine Australia - WA (SMAWA) recognises
that there are safe levels of alcohol consumption, however excessive
consumption can be a major risk to not only the individual but also to
public health and safety.
SMA(WA) also recognises the right of
every individual to enjoy themselves in a safe, sociable, reliable and
legal environment.With this is mind, the following policy devised by SMA
applies to all SMAWA activities where alcohol is served, and provides a
good starting point for you to adopt within your own club or
- Alcohol will be served in accordance with the requirements set out in the Liquor Licensing Act 1998.
- Excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol will be discouraged.
- Drinking water will be made freely available.
- Low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.
- Food will be offered at all times that alcohol is available.
For more information about Alcohol Policies for clubs and associations, please contact:
Changing Attitudes to Alcohol through Sport
Attitudes to Alcohol through Sport (CAATS) is an overall club
development program that offers face-to-face education for club
committees and their members to ensure they understand the legal
requirements for serving alcohol and how to develop an Sample alcohol policy for their club.
program has been developed by sports, for sports and promotes the
responsible service and consumption of alcohol through a partnership
between the WA Sports Federation and eight major participating State Sporting Associations (SSAs):
program will be rolled out over 18 months to more than 500 clubs across
the State who will be supported by their SSA and a network of Club Development Officers.