Babysitter status alert: parents must face an accusation for allowing their children to have a drink with them in a restaurant or pub
- Updates to the laws on alcohol consumption in Victoria give more responsibility to parents
- The changes affect underage drinking to help protect young people
- Parents who have minor parties must monitor young people
Zoe Zaczek for Daily Mail Australia
Parents will be prosecuted for allowing their children to drink with them in authorized places, in the midst of new and tough laws to crack down on underage drinking.
The updates of Victoria's Liquor Control Reform Act impose greater responsibility on parents in the monitoring of alcohol consumption by minors.
Parents who deliberately organize minor parties in their home should monitor the guests and their levels of intoxication.
Parents will face trial for allowing their children to drink with them in licensed premises, amid updates to the Victoria Liquor Control Reform Act (stock image)
They should check if the adolescent has eaten and is expected to evaluate the amount and type of alcohol consumed.
Adults in Victoria were previously able to provide alcohol to other children with the consent of the child's parents, Herald Sun reported.
VicHealth, lead program officer for alcohol and tobacco, Maya Rivis said national guidelines say it is better for anyone under 18 to avoid alcohol since the brain is still developing.
"Alcohol is a mind-altering drug, so we should be careful with the way we supply it," Rivis said.
Being a father is really difficult. There is not a rule book for us, but these amendments will guide parents when they are organizing a party and alcohol is available. "
Ms. Rivis, mother of two teenage children, believes that the new laws would help protect young people.
Parents who knowingly host minor parties in their home should monitor the guests and their levels of intoxication (stock image)
A new research survey by the highest health promotion agency found that more than a third of parents were better off avoiding alcohol among adolescents.
Delivery companies that provide alcohol to teens will face fines of up to $ 19,000 in other updates to the Act.
Marlene Kairouz, the Minister of Liquor Regulation and Gaming, said the changes are aimed at addressing alcohol-related harm and protecting young people.
"We know the negative impact that alcohol can have on young people, that's why we have introduced these changes," said Ms. Kairouz.