It will be helpful if you, and any of your neighbours who are concerned about the problem, gather as much information as you can.
Such information includes:
- date and time of any incident(s)
- any details of the incident – describing what happened and where, and especially how you know it is related to alcohol
- what action you have taken
- any other information that you think would assist a response
Keeping an accurate log of any alcohol-related incidents can also assist you in taking action.
- Distribute an alcohol incident log to your neighbours and ask them to record any incidents that they observe.
Report any incidents to the appropriate authority – this is generally the Police. It can be useful to inform the local Council as well, particularly if the problems are related to noise, graffiti and other vandalism.
Make sure everyone logs the incident/s as alcohol-related and maintain your records. These will come in handy if you need to make an objection to a licence application or a submission on alcohol control bylaw or Local Alcohol Policy
If you personally know the people causing the problems and feel confident approaching them, you may discuss the problem. Choose a time when the situation is calm. You can make them aware of the impact their behaviour has on you and others.