Training for alcohol sales program offered

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NORWAY — Healthy Oxford Hills and River Valley Healthy Communities invites local businesses to attend a retail beverage service training program April 22 at the Norway Town Office from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required.

The Seller Server Training for Off-premise Licensees is a 4½-hour, state-approved program. It is designed to better equip management, clerks and licensees on identifying and preventing violations of certain liquor laws with an emphasis on underage and high risk drinkers. Along with learning about these laws, training is provided on some ways to identify minors and visibly intoxicated persons and the importance of having good policy to refer to when dealing with them.

Key points in the training include: identifying minors and VIPs, intervention to prevent a VIP patron from driving, how alcohol is ingested and metabolized by the body, what alcoholism is and how alcohol affects the body, false ID detection and carding policy, the importance of good written policies, and the Liquor Liability Act.

The training often leads to reduced insurance rates. More importantly however, it will help reduce the risk of making costly and/or tragic unlawful sales.

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For more information please contact Heather Westleigh at 739-6222 or heather@healthyoxfordhills.org.

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