Holiday Alcohol Training

Know Your Holiday Alcohol Service

Know Your Holiday Alcohol ServiceSocial gatherings and holiday parties mean increased traffic for restaurants and bars during the holiday season: 30 million Americans planned to make restaurants part of their Thanksgiving meal and 100 million Americans planned to celebrate the New Year at a restaurant or bar. 1 ServSafe Alcohol training is available for 30% off through Dec. 31 by using the coupon code: SERVINGITUPWITHSERVSAFE.

Click the image to the left to see a full infographic about alcohol service at American restaurants this year. Or download a print sized PDF.

As your reservations grow, keep the following in mind to ensure safe alcohol service this holiday season.

Know who you're serving
Check for valid ID with matching photo ID/description, expiration date and date of birth.

Serving minors
The liquor authority can issue citations for:

  • Selling liquor to a minor
  • Failing to check the ID of a guest who appears to be underage
  • Allowing a minor to enter with a fake ID
  • Serving a guest who is or appears to be intoxicated
  • Serving alcohol when it is not permitted

Know how much to serve
Prevent guests and bar patrons from becoming intoxicated by knowing the standard pours for each type of drink:
1.5 ouches of 80-proof liquor, or 1 ounce of 100-proof liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer all contain the same amount of alcohol.

Know when to set limits
Encourage patrons to say "no" and set limits.

Discourage intoxication by serving food, which helps you avoid intoxication in two ways:
  • slows down the absorption of alcohol in the bloodstream
  • slows down drinking

When the bar closes and the holiday party is over, nighttime driving is deadly.
Seventy-eight percent of the alcohol impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes during December 2010 were driving from 6 p.m.. to 5:59 a.m., and 45 percent of those drivers involved in fatal crashes from 12 a.m. to 2:59 a.m. had BACs of .15 g/dL or higher.2

Despite a restaurant's best efforts, difficult situations can arise.
What to do with intoxicated guests:
  • Try to convince the guest not to drive, ask for the guest's keys, arrange for alternate transportation.
  • Your restaurant or bar could be held liable for accidents caused by one of your patrons.

  1. National Restaurant Association
  2. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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