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Beverage Service Training and Related Practices

Laws specifying requirements or incentives for retail alcohol outlets to participate in server training programs (often referred to as Responsible Beverage Service).

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Variables: Beverage Service Training and Related Practices

  1. Law Type
    • No Law - States that have no statutory or regulatory provisions pertaining to mandatory or voluntary Beverage Service Training and Related Practices programs.
    • Mandatory - States that require at least some alcohol servers/sellers, managers, and/or licensees to attend training.
    • Voluntary - States that provide incentives to licensees for servers/sellers, managers, and/or licensees to participate in training programs.
  2. Mandatory States: Training Required - State provisions with mandatory programs vary widely in who must participate.  The categories include licensees, managers, and servers/sellers, or combinations of these categories.
  3. Voluntary States: Incentives - These columns depict the types of incentives that may be provided by States to encourage licensees to participate in Beverage Service Training and Related Practices programs.  States may offer the following incentives:
    • (a) a defense in dram shop liability lawsuits (cases in which a third party sues the retailer for damages resulting from the retailer providing alcohol to a minor or intoxicated person);
    • (b) mitigation of fines or other administrative penalties for sales to minors or sales to intoxicated persons;
    • (c) discounts of various kinds, for example discounts in dram shop liability insurance or license fees; and/or
    • (d) protection against license revocation for sales to minors or sales to intoxicated persons.
    • As these columns show, some States offer more than one type of incentive.
  4. Applies to:
    • On- or Off-Premises Establishments - This column shows the applicability of identified mandatory or voluntary provisions to on-premises establishments, off-premises establishments, or both. State statutes that do not specify whether the provisions apply to either or both types of establishments are coded as "Unspecified".
    • New or Existing Licensees - This column shows the applicability of identified mandatory or voluntary provisions to new licensees, existing licensees, or both.  State statutes that do not specify whether the provisions apply to either or both types of licensees are coded as "Unspecified".