Underage Alcohol Prevention for Bars, Clubs, Wineries, & Breweries
Let’s face it, running a bar or nightclub is already a tough business.
You’ve got licensing to worry about, a young staff that frequently turns over and needs to be trained on the job, and the potential for trouble whenever alcohol is being served.
You ride the edge on both liability and profit margins, and so the last thing you need is to have accidentally served alcohol to a minor… or worse to an agent in a local police sting.
But those things unfortunately happen to bars and nightclubs every day, and when they do, it can be costly. Thankfully, implementing an ID scanner for bars or nightclubs can entirely prevent underage alcohol sales for your business.
You’re at higher risk of selling to a minor than you think A recent study of alcohol enforcement showed a 10-20% violation rate for all businesses tested.
That means that unless you have above average training, diligent employees, and a rock-solid system, there’s a high likelihood your establishment will get checked, and flagged. And even so, that may not be enough, especially with alcohol compliance checks on the rise across the board.
And if you get caught, the penalties can be severe!
Given what can happen when you get penalized, that’s not a good bet to take.
Why do underage alcohol sales happen?
Most of the time it’s entirely unintentional.
- Your bouncer is at the door, checking hundreds of IDs each night, and it gets crowded and hectic.
- Your new server, who’s been on the job less than a week, asks a large group what they would like to drink, and misses one of the ID’s for a beer order.
- And during busy hours, customers are flowing in almost as quickly as the drinks can be served.
- That means that if your employee is tired, distracted, or looks away even for a moment, a birthday is easily misread, or an age is easily mis-calculated in the chaotic, dark, hustle and bustle.
Before you know it, you’ve sold to a 19-year-old and someone found out.Click here to see methods for prevention!
What happens if I get caught serving a minor?
When it happens it isn’t pretty.
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