This program prepares bartenders, servers, and all front-of-house staff to effectively and safely handle difficult situations in restaurants. Alcohol service involves many risks. Failure to act responsibly could result in fines, imprisonment, losing your liquor license, increased insurance costs, or losing your business. Restaurant employees could face criminal charges for serving alcohol to a minor or an intoxicated customer and can even be held liable if an intoxicated customer’s actions lead to a death, injury or property damage.
Restaurants need to be prepared to handle these risks with responsible alcohol training. Bars and restaurants may offer a free non-alcoholic drink to designated drivers and inform patrons about free rides home. The GRA supports a safe and enjoyable celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some tips to keep in mind when serving alcohol:
- Don't force drinks on your guests.
- Hire a professional bartender.
- Offer activities other than drinking.
- Provide plenty of food.
- Stop serving alcohol before the party ends.
- Ensure guests have a safe ride home.
When Serving Patrons:
- Train staff to recognize impaired patrons.
- Offer free non-alcoholic beverages and food for designated drivers.
- Encourage wait staff to talk to patrons about their plan for a safe ride home.
- Familiarize staff with transportation offered through Team Georgia's Safe Holiday Campaign.
At a Company Event:
- Show that impaired driving is not tolerated.
- Support the use of a designated driving program.
- Recognize drivers with incentives and prizes.
- Distribute free taxi passes and Checker Cab's phone number.
- Host "safe celebrations" with limited alcohol, non-alcoholic alternatives and ample food.