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Liquor Act changes to allow patrons to leave with unfinished wine

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The proposed changes to the Liquor Act made by the Office of Liquor and Gambling, which will allow open bottles of wine to be carried off restaurant premises, have been supported by the South Australian restaurant industry.  

Sally Neville, Restaurant and Catering SA chief executive officer, agrees with the changes, saying it will help prevent over consumption on the premises.  

“Restaurateurs have been in the difficult position of having to refuse patrons from taking off premise their opened bottles of wine,” she said.” “Under the existing Act it is an offense for the bottle to be taken away, so the patron often consumes more alcohol than he would if he was able to carry off the corked bottle to consume at a later date."

Minister for Consumer Affairs Gail Gago says this is a “responsible change avoiding the potential for people to consume a whole bottle in order to avoid waste and enable them to doing the right thing by their hip pocket and the road laws. Currently this can only occur when taking home unfinished BYO wine).”

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