June Last Call Responsible Alcohol by Tara Cammarata



Enough cannot be said about having House Policies specific to your operation. Here is a quick checklist to help you do an annual review of your House Policies for an alcohol-based business.
 
One house policy that is commonly overlooked is High Energy drinks.
 
1. Do you have a limit on alcohol mixed with high energy drinks?
2. Are you allowed to mix alcohol with high energy drinks in your state?
 
In some states it is illegal to sell alcohol and high energy drinks. It is your responsibility to know what you can and cannot do based on your location. For example, if you have five locations in Maryland, you could have five different house policies depending on your town, county, or borough.
 
Here is a check list of recommended house policies:
 
□ Age to pour, sell, and serve
□ Maximum alcohol per drink
□ Number of drinks served at one time
□ Acceptable forms of ID
□ Recommended age for carding
□ ID confiscation is it allowed
□ Pitcher service
□ Stacking of drinks
□ Counting drinks
□ Measured pours
□ Buying of rounds
□ Reasonable effort for alternative beverages
□ Reasonable effort food policy
□ Reasonable effort alternative modes of transportation
□ Reasonable effort law enforcement
□ Reasonable effort slowing down service
□ Reasonable effort notifying other team members when service has stopped
□ Reasonable effort team member training
□ Employees may receive a citation and fine including jail time if they willfully and knowingly serve alcohol to minors or visibly intoxicated person
□ Last call meaning last one
□ Designated driver program
□ Requesting proof of age
□ Documenting all alcohol related incidents
□ Cooperating with investigations
 
In closing all house policies must be followed by your team members. If you have employees failing to follow house policies they would be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including termination. Get your house policies in place and make sure your team is on board, your business depends on it!
 
This blog is not intended to be a substitute for the user's judgement and common sense. Any errors are unintentional.


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