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Creating a Safer Drinking Environment: Practical Tips for Business Owners and Staff

April 26, 2023

Drunk driving is a serious and potentially deadly problem that affects countless lives every year. As a business owner or staff member working in the food and beverage industry, you have a unique opportunity to help prevent drunk driving by promoting safe and responsible drinking among your customers.  Following are six tips to implement into your establishment.

Educate your staff

It's important to provide your staff with the necessary training and knowledge to recognize when a customer is getting too intoxicated to drive. This can include understanding the signs of intoxication such as bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, or an unsteady walk. Train them to be proactive and intervene before the situation escalates. 

Encourage non-alcoholic drinks

Offering non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda, or juice can help customers pace themselves and reduce the amount of alcohol they consume. Encourage your staff to suggest non-alcoholic drinks to customers, especially when they start to appear intoxicated.

Offer food

Serving food to customers can help slow down the absorption of alcohol in their bloodstream. Encourage your staff to offer a variety of food options, especially high-protein and high-carbohydrate foods that can help absorb alcohol.

Use designated drivers

Encourage customers to designate a sober driver before they start drinking, or offer to call a taxi or ride-sharing service for them. Your staff can play a key role in this process by reminding customers of the dangers of drunk driving and encouraging them to plan ahead.

Monitor alcohol consumption

Train your staff to monitor alcohol consumption and cut off customers who appear to be intoxicated. This can be a difficult task, but it's important to keep the safety of your customers and the community in mind.

Promote responsible drinking

Display posters or signs that promote responsible drinking and discourage drunk driving. Your staff can also play a key role in promoting responsible drinking by setting a good example themselves and encouraging customers to do the same.

Preventing drunk driving requires a concerted effort from everyone involved in serving and consuming alcohol. By implementing these six tips, you can create a safer drinking environment for your customers and help prevent the tragic consequences of drunk driving. Remember to educate your staff, promote responsible drinking, and always keep the safety of your customers and community in mind. Together, we can make a difference in reducing the incidence of drunk driving and creating a safer, more responsible drinking culture.