As students across North Carolina return to campus for the spring semester, law enforcement agencies, the ABC Commission, DMV License and Theft, local ABC Boards and prevention coalitions are increasing their focus on preventing underage drinking. A crucial part of this intensified focus includes providing training programs to further educate ABC permit holders on proper alcohol sales.
Yesterday, sellers and servers in the Jackson and Haywood Counties participated in two of these training seminars hosted by the NC ABC Commission and Mountain Projects Prevention Services. During the training, participants learned how to spot fake IDs and eliminate sales to underage and intoxicated drinkers.
Patti Tiberi, prevention coordinator for Mountain Projects, supports sellers and servers receiving the training. “We have several small businesses that jeopardize their success when they sell to minors and those who are impaired. Our prevention department tries to support retailers by organizing training to help protect their business while keeping minors safe.”
In addition to promoting responsible business practices regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages, these training seminars align with the goal of the NC ABC Commission’s Talk It Out Campaign, a statewide initiative targeting underage drinking in North Carolina.
“Underage drinking has had an enormous impact across the state. And if we’re going to sell alcohol in North Carolina, we have a responsibility to address the underage drinking problem,” said Jim Gardner, Chairman of the NC ABC Commission. “Sellers and servers—particularly those surrounding college campuses—have a tremendous responsibility. We provide these trainings to help them do their jobs, uphold the law and prevent underage drinking.”
Following these training seminars, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and local law enforcement in Jackson and Haywood Counties may intensify enforcement efforts to ensure that ABC permitted businesses are fully complying with all laws and regulations, including those that prohibit underage people from purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol.