The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill passed in Parliament in January will take effect from April 1, midnight tonight. Read about the reasons for the Bill and some of the reactions to it.
1. 10 things to know about the Liquor Control Bill, from various scenarios to where the rules are stricter. Read the story here.
2. The Bill was tabled on Jan 19 to curb takeaway sales of alcohol as well as public consumption of liquor. Certain areas designated Liquor Control Zones will be subject to stricter controls on public drinking and the sale of alcohol, with 1.5 times the penalty for those caught flouting rules. Police will be given more powers to tell someone who is drunk and annoying others to leave a public place and to dispose of the liquor. Read the story here.
3. Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran explained the need for tougher laws on public drinking and the retail sale of alcohol by revealing that last year, there was one rioting incident and two cases of serious hurt each week that were liquor-related.This trend of alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour has been on the rise, he added: "The incidents occurred across the island, with nine out of 10 occurring after 10.30pm." The Ministry of Home Affairs started a review of liquor control measures in September 2012 after getting "considerable" public feedback on law and order concerns and disamenities due to people drinking in public and getting drunk. Read the story here.
4. The new rules to curb public drinking was greeted with dismay from young clubbers, but welcomed by residents living near entertainment districts. Young partygoers say banning public drinking in entertainment districts will kill the buzz, but some nightlife operators welcomed the ban, saying that retailers undercut their bar prices and patrons who get drunk on cheap booze sometimes brawl in their venues. Read the story here.