Retirement home alcohol ban slammed as 'un-Australian'
Eleven South Australian nursing homes have banned social groups from selling alcohol at their retirement facilities.
The homes, run by Lifestyle SA, have banned alcohol because it believes the social groups are acting as commercial catering businesses.
Residents in homes – many of whom enjoy the social committee's 'happy hour' – see the move as an attack on their freedom.
"Let's call it the unhappy hour now," one resident quipped.
"A few frothies are very important."
The move has also been criticised by South Australia's minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade.
"Banning resident committees from running social activities is in no one's best interest, we should be encouraging social activities that make residents happy, rather than standing in their way," he said.