Responsible businesses are valued and supported by the community. Effective business policies, procedures, employee training, and management are keys in helping reduce underage and youth binge drinking. Limit your business risk and liability and get involved in the change needed!

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Making the Case: Business

Why Partner To Reduce Underage And Youth Binge Drinking?

  • Children and adolescents use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs, combined. Cobb County students report alcohol is east to get.
  • Nearly one-third of underage drinkers paid for the last alcohol they consumed. Underage drinkers drank more on average if they paid for the alcohol (6.0 drinks) than if they did not pay for the alcohol (3.9 drinks).
  • Effective business policies and practices have proven to prohibit teens from buying alcohol from their business. Businesses can also help reduce the possibility that alcohol legally sold to an adult will end up in a teenager’s hands.
  • Reduce costs to businesses. Underage drinking alone cost Georgians about $1.5 billion, annually. Businesses share in this cost directly through lost productivity and healthcare costs, and indirectly through government share of costs for enforcement, prosecution and incarceration.

Read the full Case Statement for Business.

Underage Drinking in Georgia
The Facts

Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, and need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence.

Learn more about the cost of Underage Drinking in Georgia.

Why should businesses care about this problem?
  • Costs to businesses.Underage drinking alone cost Georgians about $1.5 billion, annually. Businesses share in this cost directly through lost productivity and healthcare costs, and indirectly through government share of costs for enforcement, prosecution and incarceration. [Journal of Studies on Alcohol, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget]
  • Nearly one-third of underage drinkers paid for the last alcohol they consumed.Underage drinkers drank more on average if they paid for the alcohol (6.0 drinks) than if they did not pay for the alcohol (3.9 drinks). [National Survey on Drug Use and Health]
How can businesses help reduce underage and youth binge drinking?
  • Effective business policies and practices have proven to prohibit teens from buying alcohol from their business.Businesses can also help reduce the possibility that alcohol legally sold to an adult will end up in a teenager’s hands. [Journal of Public Health Policy, and Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation]
  • Reduce risk of illegal alcohol sales and service. Learn who is putting you at greatest risk and how to mitigate risks that could jeopardize your alcohol license.
What are business practices that can help reduce risk of serving/selling alcohol illegally
  • Hire, train and supervise responsible staff to keep business in compliance with alcohol sales laws
  • Learn and use business best practices for responsible alcohol sales & service by attending a RASS Workshop Evindi/Training Institute
  • Develop comprehensive written policies; include requirement to ID everyone or at a minimum ID anyone under age 40
  • Use comprehensive and effective employee training programs
  • Ensure all sellers/servers know how to properly verify a customer’s age and refuse sale/service to minors and intoxicated patrons
  • Supervise and monitor employee compliance with company policies and state and local laws
Where can I get information about local alcohol sales laws and regulations?
  • Contact your local government’s business license office. Check out government websites. Or check online at www.municode.com – not all localities post their ordinances and regulations here, but many do.
Where can I get training for alcohol licensees or employees?
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Businesses CAN

  • Hire, train and supervise responsible staff to keep business in compliance with alcohol sales laws
  • Learn and use business best practices for responsible alcohol sales & service by attending a RASS Workshop Evindi/Training Institute
  • Develop comprehensive written policies; include requirement to ID everyone or at a minimum ID anyone under age 40
  • Use comprehensive and effective employee training programs
  • Ensure all sellers and servers know how to properly verify a customer’s age and refuse service to minors and intoxicated patrons
  • Supervise and monitor employee compliance with company policies and state and local laws
  • Become a partner with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce
  • Join the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce as a volunteer or friend and subscribe to monthly e-news
  • Promote Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign

Resources

  • Effectiveness of Server Training Report – Learn effective components of server training programs
  • A research brief about Sunday alcohol package sales
  • Review of GA Alcohol Regulatory Best Practice for Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol
  • How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented
  • Communities Mobilize for Change
  • Retailers Can Help Reduce Underage Drinking
  • Surgeon General’s Call to Action
  • Alcohol Cost Calculator – Provides an easy-to-use tool and is designed to help teachers, parents, lawmakers and child advocates calculate the toll serious alcohol problems are taking on their community.
  • FACE – A national non-profit organization that supports sensible alcohol policies and practices through the development of messages, strategies and training designed to create public awareness and action on alcohol issues.
  • www.stopalcoholabuse.gov – A comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue.
  • www.thecommunityguide.org – A free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Find systematic reviews used to identify evidence based strategies to prevent excessive alcohol consumption and related harms.
  • Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign