Racing and Gaming Minister Pam Beggs today said liquor licensing laws surrounding definitions of people affected by liquor would be tightened up in a review of the Act next year.
However, in the meantime she had asked the liquor licensing division of the Office of Racing and Gaming to liaise with the police's liquor and gaming branch to look at ways of increasing their surveillance of breaches of the Liquor Act.
Mrs Beggs said this morning's report of a Coroner's Court hearing into the death of a 24-year-old man was disturbing in the extreme.
"I urge publicans and other bar owners to ensure their staff are aware of the Hotel Association's code of conduct and the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol abuse, especially during the Christmas-New Year period," she said.
"They have to be more responsible and acknowledge the fact that when it comes to alcohol, the customer is not always right."
Mrs Beggs said recommendations made by coroner Ivan Brown would be referred to the review she would instigate early in the New Year.