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26.6.3 Alleged availability and cheapness of alcohol


The ADF strongly denies that it has ever encouraged the consumption of alcohol, (let alone the over-consumption) either by means of pricing policy in messes or otherwise.

Consumption of alcohol whilst on duty is prohibited and there are penalties where a transgression is detected. Note that the reasoning in the decision in Williams v Comcare (2003), which relates to the sale of tobacco in ADF canteens, can also be applied to the sale of alcohol. The Tribunal found that the employer's making a product available for sale did not make the actual purchase by the employee anything other than the employee's own choice. The act of consumption can not arise out of or in the course of employment.