How to Prevent Underage Drinking in Your Establishment

According to a December 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), underage drinking is a “major public health problem” with far-reaching consequences. Alcohol is more used and abused than any other drug, including tobacco and illicit drugs, among youth under 21 years of age. Each year, alcohol use/abuse is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths of youth under 21 and in 2010, these youth were admitted to hospital emergency rooms 189,000 times as a result of injuries (or conditions) linked to alcohol.

The social costs are considerable: $27 billion annually, including the cost borne by society and individuals, which include but are not limited to medical care, criminal justice system costs, and lost productivity, according to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For purveyors of alcohol there are substantial consequences for serving alcohol to minors:

  • A $750-$3,000 fine for licensees, for a first offense
  • License suspension, or probation, on the second offense
  • Mandatory license suspension, on the third offense within three years, with the possibility of license revocation

ID Checking Guides are recommended by several state Alcoholic Beverage Commissions (and multiple DMVs) to aid restaurants, bars, liquor stores, grocery and convenience stores from costly fines as a result of accepting fake IDs from under youth. ID Checking Guides help these businesses better train their staff to be able to readily identify altered or fake IDs that may be presented by youth attempting to purchase alcohol. The compact size and low price-point of these printed guides makes them ideal for establishments with multiple point-of-sale (POS) locations. Gaps in ID verification at POS’ will be the target of youth determined to purchase alcohol, therefore it is crucial that staff at each POS are properly trained and have the proper tool to quickly and accurately identify false IDs.

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